Otoplasty is done to correct protruding ears. It happens to be one of the few cosmetic surgeries performed on children, usually prior to beginning elementary school. Adults are also candidates for the surgery, of course. Dr. Berger has lectured around the United States about this procedure.
These surgeries are almost always done under general anesthesia. An incision is placed in the natural creases behind the ear and the cartilage of the ear is weakened so that it bends into a new shape. The cartilage is also stitched into position to hold the ear into position. The patient’s head is completely wrapped for a few days to protect the newly shaped ears. A headband is worn for a few weeks, but the results are immediately apparent.