Balance beyond aesthetics

Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. A defect in the ear structure that is present at birth or that becomes apparent with development can be corrected by otoplasty. This procedure can also treat misshapen ears caused by injury.

Otoplasty creates a more 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. If the shape or the size of the ears bother you or your child, you should consider plastic surgery.

What can ear surgery treat?

  • overly large ears – a condition called macrotia;
  • protruding ears occurring on one or both sides in varying degrees  – this is not associated with hearing loss;
  • adult dissatisfaction with previous ear surgery.


Who is a good candidate for ear surgery?

Teenagers and adults who are good candidates for ear surgery are:

  • healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can slow their healing after the surgery;
  • individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals in mind for ear surgery;
  • nonsmokers.


Ear surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.

What should I expect during a consultation for ear surgery?

You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and your lifestyle.

During your ear surgery consultation be prepared to discuss:

  • why you want the procedure;
  • your expectations and desired outcome;
  • medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments;
  • use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs;
  • previous surgeries.


Your plastic surgeon will also:

  • evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors;
  • take photos;
  • discuss your options and recommend what is best for you;
  • discuss any risks or potential complications.

An otoplasty includes the following steps:

An otoplasty includes the following steps:

Thus, with the ear permanently positioned closer to the head, the postoperative scar will be hidden behind the ear.