Correction for the protruding ear “otoplasty” corrects cartilage defects on the ear auricle that causes this quite common deformity. Surgery is generally performed on the both ears, but sometimes unilateral.
There are 3 types of malformations more or less linked one to the other:
A wide angulation between the ear auricle and the skull which results in the protruding ear.
Excessive size of the cartilage of the conch, pushing the ear forward, which accentuates the unstuck aspect (enlargement of the conch).
A fold of the cartilage a smooth and flattened out aspect.
The operation aims at correcting and remodelling the cartilage to reposition the ear, so that both size and aspect look natural, doing away with mockery and other derogatory comments to cause psychological difficulties or school conflicts.
Otoplasty is practiced among adults and teenagers, but most of the time correction is anticipated at childhood from 5 years of age as soon as the child complains of his looks.