Otoplasty words to know

  • Antihelical fold: A fold that is just inside the rim of the ear.
  • Conchal cartilage: The largest and deepest concavity of the external ear.
  • Constricted ear: Also called a lop or cup ear, has varying degrees of protrusion, reduced ear circumference, folding or flattening of the upper helical rim, and lowered ear position.
  • Cryptotia: Also called hidden ear, occurs when the upper rim of the ear is buried beneath a fold of scalp secondary to abnormal folding of the upper ear cartilage toward the head. The folding is the reverse of that commonly seen in the protruding ear.
  • Ear axis: The main line of ear growth.
  • General anesthesia: Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.
  • Intravenous sedation: Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.
  • Macrotia: Overly large ears; a rare condition.
  • Microtia: The most complex congenital ear deformity when the outer ear appears as either a sausage-shaped structure resembling little more than the earlobe, or has more recognizable parts of the concha and tragus or other normal ear features. It may or may not be missing the external auditory or hearing canal. Hearing is impaired to varying degrees.
  • Otoplasty: A surgical procedure also known as ear surgery to improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear.
  • Stahl’s ear: An ear that is distorted in shape due to an abnormal fold of cartilage.