Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)
Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is typically performed to set prominent ears closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears. In some cases, however, it may also correct notable deformities. Otoplasty is different than many other plastic surgeries in that it’s actually about trying to attract less negative attention, rather than attracting more positive attention. Although sometimes adults who feel that their ears are overly prominent may look into the procedure, it is most often obtained for younger patients who may be concerned about excessive teasing or bullying.
The surgery is used to correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth, becomes apparent as a child develops, or is caused by injury or earlier surgery. Otoplasty is used to correct a rare condition called marcrotia (overly large ears) or protruding ears, not associated with hearing loss. This surgery is appropriate for adults, teens and children over the age of 5.