Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, can improve the shape, position or fit of the ear. A defect in the structure of the ear at birth or that appears with development can be corrected by otoplasty. This procedure can also treat deformity of the ears caused by an injury.
Otoplasty creates a more natural shape while balancing and proportioning the ears and face. Correcting even minor deformities can have profound benefits for appearance and self-esteem. If protruding or deformed ears bother you or your child, you may consider cosmetic surgery
What can ear surgery treat?
Ears that are too big – a condition called macrotia
Protruding ears on one or both sides to varying degrees – not associated with hearing loss
Adult dissatisfaction with previous ear surgery
Who is the right patient for ear surgery?
Good candidates for ear surgery are:
Healthy, without life-threatening illness or untreated chronic ear infections
Generally around 5 years old, or when a child’s ear cartilage is stable enough to be corrected
Co-operative and follow directions well
The ability to express their feelings and not raise objections when discussing surgery