What is Ear Surgery?
If protruding or disfigured ears bother you or your child, you may consider plastic surgery. Ear surgery - also known as otoplasty - can improve the shape, position, or proportion of the ear. It can correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth and 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.
Ear surgery can treat:
- Overly large ears - a rare condition called macrotia
- Protruding ears occurring on one or both sides in varying degrees
Children who are good candidates for ear surgery are:
- Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or untreated chronic ear infections
- Generally five years old or have ear cartilage that 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 lifethreatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
- Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for ear surgery