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Charles A. Messa, III, MD, FACS

Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Weston Cosmetic Surgery Center

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Do you or your child have prominent or protruding ears that lead to suffering from feelings of self-consciousness and teasing from others? Children with big ears are often the victims of schoolyard bullying, and the resulting feelings of social anxiety can persist into adulthood. Adults with prominent ears may struggle with poor self-image and limited social opportunities. Otoplasty is a corrective surgery that can help adults or children achieve more natural-looking and less noticeable ears, thereby eliminating this source of peer ridicule, anxiety, and self-consciousness.

Who Can Benefit?

While anyone with protruding ears can benefit from otoplasty, children and adults may benefit in different ways.


Children, sometimes unwittingly, can be cruel to each other by drawing attention to each other’s unusual characteristics. Schoolchildren can mock and bully based on physical characteristics such as overly protruding ears. At this particularly vulnerable time of life, children may develop emotional and psychological trauma as a result of this ridicule and become isolated from their peers. Otoplasty can be performed as early as age seven to reshape the ear cartilage and create a more natural appearance. By offering this procedure for your child, you can help save them from teasing, bullying, and anxiety and prepare them for a more normal and comfortable life.

What Do You Desire?

If you are unhappy with your appearance, this can translate to a lack of happiness and confidence in who you are. Poor self-confidence can limit your quality of life at any age. It may prevent you from feeling like you can achieve your goals, make friends, form lasting relationships, or accomplish anything worthwhile. Others may treat you disrespectfully based on your appearance, further diminishing your self-esteem. Stronger self-confidence can be built by undergoing otoplasty to give you a normal ear appearance about which you can feel comfortable and confident.

Addressing Your Concerns

  • Recovery

    During recovery, a protective dressing will be applied to the ears for one day. Mild bruising may occur but should not last more than one or two weeks. A child will need to wear a special headband day and night for two weeks and then at night only for two to four more weeks. This headband helps stabilize the ear cartilage during the early healing period. An adult patient can wear the headband at night only from the beginning if desired. After the first two weeks, it is safe to resume full activity, but contact sports should be avoided for six weeks. While the ears will initially feel numb and look flat against the head, they will feel back to normal within four to six weeks.

  • Scars

    Dr. Messa performs otoplasty through an incision behind the ear, so there will be minimal visible scarring afterward. Special suture techniques are used to reshape the ear cartilage into a more natural shape.

  • Cost

    Achieving natural-looking results with otoplasty requires dedication and skill that may be reflected in the cost of your otoplasty procedure. The cost is decided on a patient-by-patient basis based on factors such as surgical fees, facility fees, and anesthesia fees.

  • Pain

    There is typically a remarkable absence of pain after otoplasty. Should you experience any pain or discomfort during the first few days, pain medications can ensure your comfort.

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