Protruding ears can be a tremendous source of embarrassment for many people. Kids, especially, can be cruel in their teasing of other kids whose ears may stick out. Sadly, the outcome of this can be a poor self-image and lack of self-confidence for people with protruding ears.
Fortunately, there is a cosmetic procedure that can correct abnormally shaped ears, called otoplasty, or “ear pinning.” With otoplasty, we make an incision behind the ear and change the shape of the ear cartilage through the placement of sutures. The goal is to bring the ears into better proportion with the rest of the head.
Otoplasty can be performed on children as well as adults, and it’s especially effective for children who can then avoid years of teasing by other children. Otoplasty is generally an outpatient procedure, and the patient can go home afterward. Return to a normal routine usually takes about one week; however, children may not play any type of sports or gym activity for two weeks.