Since the ears are located towards the middle of the face, any deformity or asymmetry becomes very noticeable. Otoplasty (cosmetic ear surgery) can be performed for both deformities originating at birth, or due to trauma.
Protruding ears often become a source of teasing and ridicule during childhood; this can lead to unnecessary emotional strain. The primary reason for operating on prominent ears is to eliminate the psychological effect that the ear deformity produces.
Commonly, the protruding ear is due to inadequate formation of the natural folds or increased projection from the scalp. Since ear deformities occur in different forms, the surgical technique varies accordingly. The goal of otoplasty is to recreate the contour of the folds and normalize the ear-scalp distance.