Otoplasty, or setback of the ears, is a commonly performed procedure in children, but also in adults. It involves an incision behind the ear through which the cartilage of the ear is both repositioned and reshaped. .
Rarely do I incise, or cut, the cartilage, as this can give an unnaturally sharp appearance to the fold of the ear. Children most frequently have the operation done around the age of five and are most comfortable staying in hospital the night after the surgery. In adults, the operation can be done as a day only procedure.