Correction of protruding ears is among the most common procedures in aesthetic and corrective surgery. Deformity of the ear in terms of protruding is the most common hereditary anomaly among the many deformities on the outer part of the ear. It represents an esthetic imperfection exclusively – there are no functional impediments to hearing development. It is noticed immediately after birth, and later, especially in puberty, it can create deep dissatisfaction. Correction of ear deformity, before enrolling a child in school, can spare him/her the emotional trauma caused by other children teasing, which can lead to serious lack of self-confidence.
During the first months of life, while cartilage is still soft and supple, it is possible, to some extent, to correct irregularities using bandages and plasters. Later on, when the ear has taken its definitive form, placing the ear lobe near to the head and reducing its size is done surgically – with otoplasty.