Ear Surgery/Correction (Otoplasty)

Otoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure designed to improve the appearance of the ears (often simply referred to as “ear surgery”). It can reshape the ear in a variety of ways, and is most commonly performed to change the angle that the ears protrude from the head, sometimes called “ear pinning.”

Ear Surgery

Ear surgery is customized to the patient’s ear anatomy. Otoplasty may include changing the contours, projection, or the size of the ears. Otoplasty can treat a variety of misshapen ears, but it is most commonly used to treat ears that stick out too far, appearing prominent because they protrude away from the head. Ear surgery can also correct ear imperfections caused by injury.

You might choose to have ear surgery if:

  • One or both of your ears stick out too far from your head
  • Your ears are large in proportion to your head (a condition known as macrotia)
  • You’re dissatisfied with a previous ear surgery
  • You have experienced injuries resulting in misshapen ears