Patients undergo otoplasty to reduce the size of large ears or have prominent ears "pinned back" closer to the head.
Most otoplasty procedures are performed on children between 5 and 14 years of age. Generally our ears are nearly fully developed by the age of five, allowing for the surgery to be performed. Since school-yard teasing and ridicule can negatively impact a child's self-esteem, many parents seek out otoplasty for their children at an early age.
Ear surgery can also be performed to reshape adult ears, to increase self-esteem and improve appearance.