Otoplasty patient shown before surgery with protruding ears.
Surgery seen from the back of the ear. (a) Incisions are made and a small portion of skin, sometimes with underlying fat, is removed. (b) The cartilage is recontoured to bring the ear into its correct position and supported with sutures. (c) Sutures close the incisions, usually leaving a faint scar.
Surgery seen from the front of the ear. Reshaped cartilage restores the ear fold, making the ear lie flatter against the head.
The postoperative patient with ears that are normal in appearance.