An otoplasty, also known as ear reshaping, is a cosmetic procedure that improves the appearance of abnormally large, protruding or uneven ears, which can occur naturally or as a result of injury. During an otoplasty, the ears are reshaped to be more symmetrical, reduced in size or pinned back to lie closer to the head. During an otoplasty, small incisions are made within the natural fold behind the ear, so very little scaring is visible after the operation. After the procedure is complete, a pressure dressing is placed over the ears to keep them in place while they heal. There is usually very little pain or bruising post-op. Most people are able to return to work or their regular schedules five to seven days after the surgery.