Chicago Ear Plastic
Ear plastic surgery usually takes about two to three hours, although complicated
procedures may take longer. The technique will depend on the problem.
With one of the more common techniques, the surgeon makes a small incision in
the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage. He or she will then sculpt the
cartilage and bend it back toward the head. Non-removable stitches may be used
to help maintain the new shape. Occasionally, the surgeon will remove a larger
piece of cartilage to provide a more natural-looking fold when the surgery is
An incision is made in the back of
the ear so cartilage can be sculpted
or folded. Stitches are used to
close the incision and help
maintain the new shape.
Another technique involves a similar incision in the back
of the ear. Skin is removed and stitches are used to fold the cartilage back on
itself to reshape the ear without removing cartilage.
Creating a fold in the cartilage makes
the ear lie flatter against the head and
appear more normal.
In most cases, ear surgery
will leave a faint scar in the back of the ear that will fade with time. Even
when only one ear appears to protrude, ear plastic surgery is usually performed on both ears
for a better balance.