Otoplasty (Ear Reshaping): This is a procedure that helps reduce protrusion of the ear away from the head. Most often, ear surgery is performed on children between the ages of four to fourteen. Ears that “stick out” are often the source of teasing in young children. Otoplasty is not limited to children and may also be performed on older patients.
Cosmetic procedures are available for those individuals with large ears and for those with congenital (birth) irregularities as well as earlobes that are stretched out or torn by earrings. Additionally, an individual’s ears may exhibit abnormal traits due to their genetic make-up or an accidental injury, such as losing an ear or part of an ear. Otoplasty is used successfully for each of these situations. Regardless of the procedure, patients have been pleased with the long-lasting improvements to their appearance offered by ear surgery.
Reasons for Considering a Ear Surgery:
- Bring proportion to the face if the ears “stick out” too much.
- Correct folded ear tips (lop ear).
- Stretched or completely torn earring hole as a result of long-term use of heavy earrings, or from a traumatic tearing by an earring.
- Reshape long or offset earlobes.
- Remedy an accidental injury, including the loss of an ear.