Cosmetic Surgery for Ears

If your ears protrude or are misshapen, or if your child has misshapen or protruding ears, cosmetic surgery may be an option.

The surgery, which doctors call otoplasty, is most commonly done on children ages 4 to 14. It’s never too late, though, to make a change, and adults do undergo this surgery. Otoplasty can correct ear conditions such as protruding ears, abnormally large ear lobes, lop ear (in which the tip folds down and trends forward), and shell ear -- a condition in which certain features of a normal ear are missing.