Plastic Surgery to reshape ears is called Otoplasty

Otoplasty – Ear Reshaping

The term “otoplasty” literally means “reshaping or reforming ears.” The procedure is performed to correct prominent ears by setting them back closer to the head. Ears come in all shapes and sizes and “otoplasty” may refer to correction of a number of different ear deformities.

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.


Otoplasty takes approximately 45 minutes per ear. In young children the procedure is performed under general anesthesia. In older children and in adults, the procedure can be performed in the office under local anesthesia.

An incision is placed in the crease behind the ear. Sutures are used to correct the shape of the ear and change the position of the ear relative to the head. Sometimes a piece of cartilage is removed. In patients who desire reduction in the size of the ear, sometimes an incision is placed on the front of the ear, just inside the rim, where the incision will not be visible.

After Care

Patients can return to school or work in less than a week and full activity (including sports) in approximately 2 weeks.