Ear surgery, or Otoplasty, is a procedure that can reduce the appearance of protruding ears. This surgical procedure is designed to bring the ears closer to the head, or to reduce the size of the ears. The operation is commonly done on children between the ages of four and fourteen. Ears are almost fully grown by age four, and the earlier the surgery, the less teasing and ridicule the child will have to endure. Ear surgery on adults is also possible, and there are generally no additional risks associated with ear surgery on an older patient.
During the procedure the surgeon makes a small incision in the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage. The cartilage is then sculpted, and bent back toward the head. Stitches may be used to help maintain the ear’s new shape. Other techniques are also used to improve upon the appearance of the ears. Ear surgery creates a natural shape, while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. Correction of even minor deformities can have profound bene?ts to appearance and self-esteem.