If your ears seem too large, or if they appear too prominent, ear shaping (otoplasty) may be an option. Otoplasty can make ears appear closer to the head, can make large ears smaller, and can make your ears more symmetric and proportionate.
Otoplasty is commonly performed on young children, because the ear has reached 80 percent of its adult size by the time a child reaches the age of five. However, many teens or adults are also good candidates for otoplasty.
Ear shaping can be done with just local anesthesia in the office, or it can be done in a surgery center with sedation or general anesthesia.
The procedure involves an incision behind the ear. The cartilage framework in the ear can be sculpted or folded to reshape the ear. Sometimes, part of the cartilage is removed. The incision is then stitched together, pulling the ear closer to the head.
Ear shaping is an outpatient procedure, meaning you go home shortly after the procedure is done. You’ll need to wear a headband-type dressing which protects the ears from being pulled forward as they heal, for about 2 weeks.
Most children have this surgery done over spring break or during the summer, to avoid missing school. Most adults take only a long weekend off from work.
There is minimal discomfort associated with this surgery, and most people only need pain medicine for a few days.
Be sure to go to the “Patient info” link on this site. You can find consent forms for each procedure and information about what to do before and after your procedure.