An otoplasty is a surgery performed to correct prominent, floppy or deformed ears. Prominent ears result from an unusually large cartilage bowl, common in people of Irish/Scottish heritage. Floppy ears, or lop ears, result from a weakness in the cartilage of the upper ear lobe. Some people have both a large cartilage bowl and weak cartilage.
During an otoplasty, incisions are made to pin the ears back. These incisions are carefully hidden in the crease behind the ears. Once the ears have healed, it is almost impossible to distinguish them from non-surgically altered ears.
Are You a Good Candidate for Otoplasty?
If you are troubled by the shape of your ears, otoplasty may be right for you. This procedure can be performed on both children and adults; however, it should be delayed until after age 6, when the ear is more developed.
Often, individuals with large or deformed ears go to great lengths to hide their ears and avoid being teased. While it impossible to guarantee that a plastic surgery procedure will cause others to treat you differently, many people experience increased confidence and have a more proportionate-looking head after an otoplasty.