Otoplasty is the surgical procedure that repositions protruding ears to make them look normal and not “stick out”. It completes a small fold of the ear that did not occur in development – to make it look perfectly normal and fit with the shape of the head and any hairstyle.
Ear deformities can be emotionally traumatic to anyone, but especially to young school-aged children and teenagers. Parents and friends don’t realize the degree of emotional damage that misshapen or protruding ears can cause a young person. Males are especially vulnerable to comments about their ears due to the typically shorter hairstyles. Females, however, can be most bothered by this problem as they become more mature and desire a shorter hairstyle.
In children, the ear is 90% of its normal size by age 5 or 6. We recommend that Otoplasty be completed before or near the time a child enters school to avoid teasing and ridicule by classmates. Because of the obvious visual and psychological improvement following this procedure, Otoplasty is a very rewarding experience for the patient, their parents and the surgeon.
While Otoplasty is most often performed on children, it can be completed at any age. Many satisfied patients are those who have endured protruding ears for most of their life and no longer have to “hide” them.
General anesthesia is administered on children for this procedure. For adults, a monitored sedation anesthesia is used. Patients are able to get back to daily activities quickly.
Visit Dr. Perkins’ Otoplasty photo gallery for more before and after surgery photos.