Otoplasty, or ear surgery, is done to pin back ears that protrude from the head. The surgery is usually done on children after their ears have reached full size, around five or six years of age.
Adults can also benefit from this surgery. Not only is it possible to "pin back" the ears, but also to reshape and resize them, and make them more symmetrical. Adult candidates for otoplasty should understand that the firmer cartilage if a fully developed ear does not provide the same modeling capacity as in children.
Otoplasty does not alter hearing. When considering otoplasty, parents must make sure they have their child's best interest at heart.