What is Otoplasty?
Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery used to correct protuberant ears in order to achieve a naturally proportionate facial balance. This procedure is mostly performed on children between the ages of four and fourteen but can be done on adults as well. Otoplasty is also used to fix certain deformations of the ear such as: lop ear, when the tip of the ear appears to fold downwards; cupped ear, an unusually small ear; and shell ear, when many of the natural folds and lines found in the ear are not there. Otoplasty may also be used to improve large or stretched earlobes, as well as lobes with heavy wrinkles. To perform the surgery, the surgeon will create necessary incisions around the ear; then sculpt the cartilage to achieve the desired proportions.
When to Consider Otoplasty?
While otoplasty is generally performed on children, many adults who are unhappy with their ear shape or size undergo the procedure. You should consider undergoing otoplasty if:
- Your ears are disproportiante to the rest of your head or face
- You have deformations (such as lop ear, cupped ear, and shell ear) resulting in an unnatural looking ear
- Your ears are overly large (macrotia) or too small
- You are dissatisfied with a previous ear surgery
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