How is Ear Surgery Performed?
Ear surgery begins with a small incision in the back of the ear, which allows your surgeon to sculpt the exposed cartilage before repositioning it closer to the head. Another technique involves removing the skin and folding back the cartilage, rather than removing it.*
In some cases, a more drastic approach is necessary. For total ear reconstruction, your surgeon will develop a framework from the ribs, as well as skin grafting. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss all these options with you.*
Am I a Good Candidate for Ear Surgery?
Children are typically the best candidates for ear surgery, as their ears are very pliable and easier to shape. However, anyone who is experiencing humiliation or is self-conscious about their large or protruding ears may be a good candidate for the procedure.* The earlier you can have this surgery, the better, as ears are typically done developing by age 4 through 6.