The first thing people visually notice about us is our face. Our ears rarely attract attention when normal in size and relationship to our other facial features. However, when they are protruding, large or misshapen ears can detract from facial appearance. Children with prominent or deformed ears may suffer the ridicule of peers and a resulting lack of self-confidence.
If disfigured or protruding ears bother you or your child, you may consider otoplasty, or plastic surgery of the ear. Ear surgery is plastic surgery performed to improve the position, shape or proportion of the ear. It can correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth and becomes apparent with development or it can treat misshapen ears caused by injury. In general, ear surgery creates a natural shape, while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. Correction of even minor deformities can have profound benefits to appearance and self-esteem.