An otoplasty is the surgical reshaping of the ear intended to improve the contour and/or position of the ear. The 2 most common causes of a prominent or protruding ear are excess cartilage in the conchal bowl and a poorly formed anti-helical fold. Ear deformities are typically present at birth or they become apparent in early development. For many children, they can be a source of intense teasing, bullying and insecurity.
By the time a child reaches 5 or 6 years of age, the ears are 90% of their adult size and an otoplasty can be safely performed. Another important consideration is that at this age, children with prominent ears will be more socially active and at risk of being teased or bullied. There is no upper limit for when an otoplasty can be performed, but many adult patients express that they wish they had performed the otoplasty procedure at a much younger age.
Yes, an otoplasty can be safely and comfortably performed under local anesthesia