I heard of a technique for otoplasty called an incisionless otoplasty. Are there really no incisions made? How is the ear changed? Are there no scars?
There have been a number of publications in the medical literature on what is described as incisionless otoplasty. In fact, with these procedures, very small 2-mm incisions are made to allow the sutures to be placed. This technique is a very appropriate one. The goal is to just reshape the contours of the ear. Often the ears are excessively prominent in part because some of the folds aren’t developed in the ear and the sutures help achieve this. However, we find that most prominent ears also have areas of excess cartilage that need to be trimmed and a more standard incision is used for this. But if just reshaping the cartilages is all that is required, it can be done with several 2-mm incisions, thus the term incisionless otoplasty.