Ear shaping

Ear shaping is the process of altering the shape of the human ear(s) as a body modification practice, often resulting in a non-human appearance. The medical procedure via which ears are reshaped to give a normal appearance is known as otoplasty. Ear shaping is usually performed by cutters.

There are several ways in which human ears can be given a different appearance, including cropping, pointing, and the amputation of various parts. The various methods may be combined to give specific results.

Amputation

In this form of ear shaping, the lobe or other portions of the ear are amputated to give the desired look. This may also be undertaken to remove stretched portions that are no longer wanted. Sutures or cauterizing may be required.

Cropping

Ear cropping is commonly performed on animals, for both cosmetic and other reasons, but rarely on humans. In humans, cropping usually involves the removal of part of the upper ear with a scalpel. Suturing or cauterizing may be required.

Cutting

Cutting involves removing small portions of tissue or cutting parts of the ear to produce a new shape or a decorative pattern.

Pointing

Ear pointing by various methods is undertaken to give an elf-like appearance to the ears. A common method is to remove a small wedge-shaped portion at the top of the ear, and then suture the two edges.


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