The ears are a prominent feature that frames the face of an individual. The ears can highlight the best facial features or distract from them. Otoplasty may be a choice when ears appear too large, misshapen, unbalanced, or damaged. The Mayo Clinic states that otoplasty, also known as cosmetic ear surgery, is a procedure to change the shape, position, or size of the ears. Otoplasty is a cosmetic or reconstructive surgery that can fix aesthetic or birth defect issues and correct abnormalities caused by an injury.
Both children and adults can be good candidates for ear surgery. Otoplasty can be performed at any age once the ears have reached their full size after the age of 5. Children have pliable ear cartilage that can easily be reshaped, whereas, an adult’s ear cartilage is harder and not able to be easily reshaped. Otoplasty is a procedure that returns the ears to a “normal” appearance. Otoplasty can help improve one’s self-esteem and confidence.