Otoplasty is simply a reshape of the outer ear it is performed to improve the ears appearance or to correct deformities. Reconstructive surgery involves building up the outer ear after an accident or because of a congenital deformity.
Pinning back the ears so that they look better, however, is a cosmetic procedure.
Prominent ears can be bothersome for children, who may be subject to bullying. Ears can be considered prominent if they stand out more than 2 centimeters from the side of the head.
The pinna, or outer ear, has a minor function in hearing but here is why a Otoplasty performed:
Some people feel that their ears are too prominent and this can cause embarrassment and psychological distress.
Being teased or bullied because of “sticking-out ears” can affect a child’s self-confidence, their emotional well-being, and their behavior.
Even adults with protruding ears can feel embarrassed to the point where it affects their everyday lives. They may not want to wear a helmet or other headgear, and they may be distracted by or concerned about their appearance.