Plastic surgeon Dr. Deborah Ekstrom understands that protruding or large ears can be an embarrassing feature for someone to live with. However, this can be corrected through otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, setback otoplasty, or ear pinning. It is an ear correction procedure designed to remove or reshape the cartilage that makes up your ears.
The procedure can pin back ears that stick out and make larger ears smaller. It can even improve the appearance of the ears in case they have become misshapen from trauma or activities like boxing. Otoplasty is available for both adults and children (at least 5 years old) who are unhappy with the shape, size, or ear position. Otoplasty surgery can also be combined with other procedures such as a facelift or a forehead lift.