Ear surgery or otoplasty is done generally to place ears that stick out closer to the head. This is done with incisions that are generally hidden around the ears to remodel the skin and cartilage to make them more “normal” in position and appearance. I have done this operation on individuals between 5 years of age and 70 years. This operation generally gives very satisfactory results. In an individual who can cooperate (usually 15 years or above), this can be done in minor surgery under local anesthesia. Children would need to be operated on under a general anesthetic. The operation generally lasts an hour and a half. A head bandage is worn for several days afterwards, particularly in children.
Otoplasty can correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth that becomes apparent with development or it can treat misshapen ears caused by injury.
Ear surgery creates a natural shape, while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. Correction of even minor deformities can have profound beneﬁts to appearance and self-esteem.
If protruding or disﬁgured ears bother you or your child, you may consider plastic surgery.
Specifically ear surgery can treat:
Overly large ears — a rare condition called macrotia
Protruding ears occurring on one or both sides in varying degrees — not associated with hearing loss
Adult dissatisfaction with previous ear surgery