If you have macrotia, a condition which causes overly large ears, or protruding ears, you may be a good candidate for ear plastic surgery. If you’ve had previous ear surgery and are unhappy with the results, you may undergo corrective ear plastic surgery as well. The purpose of ear surgery is to create a natural shape to the ears and to help bring the ears to proportion with the rest of the face. Many people suffer from low self-esteem because they are unhappy with the appearance of their ears, and they may even develop a complex about it.

What is Otoplasty?

Ear plastic surgery is referred to as otoplasty. This type of surgery can enhance the shape or position of the ear or ears; it can also make the ears more proportional to each other or to the rest of your face. This surgery is typically performed on young children (4-14 years of age), though adults do typically undergo ear plastic surgery. Otoplasty can not only enhance the shape of the ears, but the earlobes as well.

The ear plastic surgery procedure involves surgically removing the cartilage which gives the shape and flexibility to the ear, or folding and stitching it into place. The surgeon will make an incision typically on the back of the ear, and will close it after the procedure with stitches. The surgery lasts a few hours depending on the purpose and circumstances of your surgery.

Who is ear cosmetic surgery for?

Ear plastic surgery is a viable procedure for people with macrotia (overly large ears), protruding ears, lop ear (the tip of the ear folds down), shell ear (missing features), or just unhappy with the general formation or appearance of your ears. Many people have disproportionate ears as compared to the size of their head, and this is totally normal. Nobody is born perfectly symmetrical. In fact, many people have two different size or shaped ears altogether. Ear plastic surgery can correct these conditions.

What are the Benefits of ear plastic surgery?

Many of the benefits of ear plastic surgery are aesthetic and psychological. The boost in your self-confidence and self-esteem allows you to feel more comfortable with your ears. Ears are a prominent feature of our face and they are hard to cover up – even harder for people with short hair! People who undergo ear plastic surgery benefit from a more proportional appearance, a more aesthetically-pleasing ear shape and size, and improved quality of life resulting from the satisfaction that comes with correcting a condition which was previously troubling you.

A more practical benefit of ear plastic surgery is that it is an outpatient procedure; you may return home the same day you receive the procedure. Adults undergoing the procedure may need to spend the night in a hospital for supervision because of the potential for additional complications. If you are considering of ear plastic surgery let our plastic surgeons know, we are happy to answer your questions.