Prominent ear surgery is performed to create a naturally shaped ear, while restoring balance and proportion to the ears and face. 

Surgery to the external ear can also help to improve the shape, position and proportion of the ears, resulting from defects of the ear structure and include the correction of protruding ears, misshapen ears (“cup” ears, “shell” ears and “lop” ears) or ears without natural contours.

Suitable patients

Patients undergoing cosmetic surgery should be healthy, psychologically stable and realistic in their expectations.

Ear surgery is tailored to each patient, depending on specific concerns and deformities. 

Children should be at least six years old, when the ear cartilage is stable enough for correction, should be healthy and not suffering from chronic ear infections. They should also be able to understand, listen to and follow instructions well and be cooperative with regards to the surgery.  

Adults can also undergo this surgery.

Otoplasty does not improve the ability to hear and does not change the location of the ears.

You could consider this surgical procedure if you or your child's ears are:

  • large in proportion to the rest of the head
  • are misshapen due to an injury or birth defect
  • protruding away from the head
  • cupped or shelled
  • malformed, or have a part missing

In my experience there are no successful non-surgical methods to improve or correct prominent ears or misshapen ears. 

The results of otoplasty surgery are almost always visible immediately once the post-operative dressings are removed and should last a lifetime.