Cosmetic ear surgery is not the most common surgery-otoplasty can make some of the most significant differences in how people live the rest of their lives emotional and with greater self-confidence. They no longer have to believe everyone is only seeing their unusually big or protruding ears!
Most congenital (present at birth) ear malformations occur causing small shape changes in the ear, having the net effect of making ears protrude or stick out from the side of the head. Otoplasty surgery is often not performed until age five or six when they begin to come in constant contact with children their own age, and may become objects of ridicule for being “different” for their protruding ears. Generally, we prefer to perform otoplasty at an age when the child is mature enough to understand that their ear are not like other children's, yet when young enough they haven't yet been subjected to long periods of peer pressure.
However, otoplasty can be done at any age. For very small changes in the ear, especially where just the shape of the top of the ear is involved, otoplasty can be performed without any incisions at all. This form of otoplasty can only be done for patients needs very minor corrections to small portions of the ear.
When both the top section and mid-portion of the ear both protrude, the ear requires a full otoplasty reshaping and repositioning. This otoplasty surgery requires incisions behind the ear and any ear pinning scarring will be well hidden. The cartilage is bent and shaped with sutures and sutured to keep it close to the side of the head. Each ear is carefully compared and designed so that opposing sides make and the final appearance is natural.