Whether you are a young child or a full grown adult, the look and position of your ears can make a big difference in the overall look of your head and face. For those who are self-conscious about the look of their ears, ear surgery (also known as otoplasty) may be recommended to improve the appearance of the ears and to make them better aligned with the face and head. The goal for this procedure is to make the ears symmetrical and reshape any deformed cartilage. If needed, the procedure can change the shape and size of the ear, too.
Otoplasty is commonly performed on young children, because the ear has reached 90 percent of its adult size by the time a child reaches the age of four. Despite the widely held belief that ears cannot be set back once a person reaches adolescence, teenagers and adults are also excellent candidates for otoplasty.
The procedure involves making an incision behind the ear whereby the excess cartilage causing the protrusion is either sculpted or folded over. In some instances, parts of excess cartilage in the ear may be removed. The incision is then stitched together, pulling the ear closer to the head.
Otoplasty surgery can also be a reconstructive surgery solution for deformities of the ear, including microtia or the near absence of the external ear, prominent ears, or constricted ear (loss of height in the ear).
Frequently Asked Questions about Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)
Most otoplasty procedures are performed to reduce the prominence of the ears, hence the procedures other name- “ear pinning”. There are instances, however where the size of the ear is to be adjusted. In these cases, Atlanta Plastic Surgery’s plastic and reconstructive surgeons will place small incisions inside the rim of the ear or discreetly in front to remove excess cartilage.