Otoplasty is an ear surgery technique to improve the appearance of the external ear, especially the protruding ear. An incision is made behind the ear to reshape the cartilaginous infrastructure and restore anatomical balance. The surgery can be done after the age of six, when the cartilage of the ear has achieved maturity. Good candidates for otoplasty are people who feel that their ears are too prominent.
After the incision is made, the cartilage is reshaped and held in place with sutures. The goal of otoplasty is to create a natural, long-lasting result and create better facial symmetry.