Otoplasties are generally performed on outpatients yet the doctor may recommend intervention is carried out in an operating theatre.
General anaesthetic is usually recommended for young patients. Local anaesthetic combined with a sedative is usually preferred for mature patients.
The procedure lasts 1.5-2 hours, though more complicated procedures can last longer. In general, the ear’s cartilage is accessed through an incision made at the back of the ear, through which the cartilage is either cut into smaller pieces which are then removed or is lightly filed to give the ear the correct shape.