Otoplasty can be performed at any age after the ears have reached full size, usually around five to six years of age. Even if the ears are only mildly distorted, the condition can lead to self-consciousness and poor adaptation to school. In children with severely prominent ears, the procedure is done early in life between ages 2-5 years. In children with more minor deformities, the family may wish to wait until the child can participate in the decision at approx age 7-10.
Adults may also benefit from this procedure, which improves self-esteem with relative ease. Often, adults choose this surgery in conjunction with other facial plastic surgical procedures. Not only is it possible to “pin back” ears, but ears can also be reshaped, reduced in size, or made more symmetrical.