Otoplasty also known as cosmetic ear surgery is a procedure to change the shape, position or size of the ears. You might choose to have otoplasty if you're bothered by how far your ears stick out from your head. You might also consider otoplasty if your ear or ears are misshapen due to an injury or birth defect.

Why Otoplasty done?

You might consider otoplasty if:

Your ear or ears stick out too far from your head
Your ears are large in proportion to your head
You're dissatisfied with a previous ear surgery

Otoplasty is typically done on both ears to optimize symmetry. Otoplasty can be done at any age after the ears have reached their full size — usually after age 5 — through adulthood. In some cases, the surgery is done as early as age 3.

Why have an otoplasty?

Otoplasty refers to the surgical reshaping of the pinna or outer ear. The aim may be to correct a deformity or to improve appearance. The pinna, or outer ear, has a minor function in hearing. Reconstructive surgery involves building up the outer ear after an accident or because of a congenital deformity.

What can ear surgery treat?

Overly large ears – a 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

Who is a good candidate for ear surgery?

Children who are good candidates for ear surgery are:

Healthy, without a life-threatening illness or untreated chronic ear infections
Generally 5 years old, or when a child's ear cartilage is stable enough for correction
Cooperative and follow instructions well
Able to communicate their feelings and do not voice objections when surgery is discussed

Teenagers and adults who are good candidates for ear surgery are:

Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for ear surgery