Ear surgery is performed in children and adults to correct defects in the structure of the ears that are present at birth or become obvious with development, or to correct ears that are misshapen due to injury. Technically known as otoplasty, this procedure creates a more natural shape of the ears and improves balance and proportion of the ears to overall facial structure.
Otoplasty is a surgical procedure to improve the position, proportions, and shape of the ears. It can correct birth defects of the ear structure or abnormalities caused by injury. When ear surgery is performed to correct protruding ears, results are visible immediately after the supportive dressings worn during the initial phase of healing are removed.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 22,884 otoplasty procedures were performed in the U.S. in a recent year. These procedures are performed on both children and adults who want to correct an ear structure flaw.
The ears are just as important to the aesthetics of the face as the eyes, nose, or mouth. The entire shape of the face is dramatically affected by the position of the ears on the head. Prominent ears draw attention away from the face. The shape of the ears plays a significant role in how attractive a person appears.
Six to seven years of age is generally an ideal time for children to undergo ear surgery to correct prominent ears. At this age, the ear cartilage is stable enough for correction. This is also the approximate age when teasing from other children may begin.