Ear correction surgery (ear surgery for protruding ears)

An ear correction surgery is a plastic surgery procedure that aims at altering the ears size or shape. The most common aesthetic ear correction surgery is pinning back protruding ears.

Those of you who are considering ear correction surgery (otoplasty) will, on this page, find thorough information about the surgery possibilities and limitations. The content regarding otoplasty has been reviewed by Dr. Pelle Sahlin, a plastic surgeon specialist at Art Clinic.

The information about ear correction surgery is meant to serve as a basis for your decision regarding ear correction surgery,  however it cannot and should not replace a consultation with a surgeon.

Here you will find all you need to know about ear operations:

  • Information about who is a suitable candidate for an otoplasty and the surgical procedure
  • Description of the time after surgery and the possible risks involved
  • Discussion forum about ear correction surgery and the option to ask an otoplasty expert
  • Information about costs as well as before & after pictures and a clinic directory for ear surgery

How ear correction surgery can affect one’s appearance

Ears are generally a less important part of our appearance since they are placed and shaped in a way that our surroundings do not notice them. However, many individuals are endowed with especially large and protruding ears.

People with divergent ears often feel that it’s the first thing others notice and it’s how they are perceived as. This can negatively affect the self esteem and in some cases (especially among children) lead to social problems.

Pinning down protruding ears or other ear surgries can tone down the ears importance of  how others percieve you as.

Generally, protruding ears in children are treated with ear surgery at a young age. But there are also a vast amount of adults, who due to aesthetic reasons, choose to correct the ears congenital shape or damages to the ears through an ear correction surgery.

Are you a suitable candidate for an ear operation?

Those that seek to perform an ear surgery can in general be divided into three groups. Within these groups you also find the patients that can expect the best result from the surgery.

  • Adults with protruding or deformed ears that have not been previously corrected
  • Individuals that have damaged the ear (ex. an ear that has got stuck and been ripped off)
  • Children/parents that wish to correct deformed or excessively protruding ears

It is recommended that parents to children with protruding ears are aware of the children’s feelings regarding his/her ears. The parents should not insist or force the child to undergo ear correction surgery until the child wishes to.

Children that themselves experience problems with their protruding ears and want to undergo ear surgery are more cooperative throughout the process and also more satisfied with the results of the surgery.

An ear surgery on children can be performed once the ear is fully developed, around 6-8 years of age.

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