Otoplasty

Otoplasty — also known as cosmetic ear surgery — is a procedure to change the shape, position or size of the ears.

You might choose to have otoplasty if you're bothered by how far your ears stick out from your head. You might also consider otoplasty if your ear or ears are misshapen due to an injury or birth defect.

Otoplasty can be done at any age after the ears have reached their full size — usually after age 5 — through adulthood.


Why it's done Risks How you prepare What you can expect Results

You might consider otoplasty if:

  • Your ear or ears stick out too far from your head
  • Your ears are large in proportion to your head

Otoplasty is typically done on both ears to optimize symmetry.

Otoplasty can be done at any age after the ears have reached their full size — usually after age 5.

Otoplasty won't change the location of your ears or alter your ability to hear.

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