How Soon After An Otoplasty Can I Get It Partially Reversed?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I had an otoplasty May 2022 this year and I think my prominent ears were overcorrected. Also, the top of one ear sticks out a bit and the rest of the ear looks like it’s glued to my head. I wanted to know if it would be better for me to get a reversal now or wait it out. I was reading I may be able to avoid using a graft if I do it sooner. 

A: Once you get past the 6 to 8 week from an otoplasty the memory of the cartilage has changes and merely releasing it will not work. While a subtotal reversal otoplasty can certainly be done, the time has passed when avoiding a graft to do so is possible.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon