Abnormally protruding ears can make a person of any age the object of cruel remarks by his or her peers. For any person whose appearance causes concern otoplasty, "ear pinning" should be considered before peer pressure begins to play a significant role in their self-esteem, typically age five or six. When otoplasty is performed at about age 5-7, the development of the ear cartilage is at an optimal state of maturity to accept the modified projection.
Otoplasty is a safe, effective procedure performed to achieve a less noticeable appearance while maintaining function. Because of its potential to foster a person's self-esteem, otoplasty is a most satisfying facial plastic surgery.