Dr. Steve Merten FRACS
Restore & Rejuvenate
pureaesthetics – cosmetic plastic & reconstructive surgery

Macquarie University


Suite 301, 2 Technology Pl
Macquarie University, NSW 2109
02 9812 3890

Sydney City


Level 6, 149 Macquarie St
Sydney, NSW 2000
02 9252 9262

Protruding Ears (Otoplasty)

Ear Pinning Surgery Sydney

Prominent ears or ears that stick out of the head tend to be more noticeable in men because they generally wear their hair short.

The condition may make men self conscious, prompting more and more men to seek cosmetic surgery to set the ears closer to the head. The procedure is called otoplasty.

Protruding ears are easily recognisable at a young age, so the otoplasty surgery can be performed on a child as young as 5 or 6 years old. This corresponds to the time when the child is about to start school, when he may become embarrassed and withdrawn because of his protruding ears.

A consultation with your plastic surgeon is the first step when you are considering an otoplasty for your child or yourself. Openly discuss prospects of looking and feeling better after otoplasty. You should always keep in mind that the desired result of otoplasty is improvement, not perfection.

The operative technique for otoplasty for men or children will vary depending on the patient’s physical features and the surgeon’s methods. The aim is to create a more pronounced fold in the central portion of the ear by remodelling the cartilage. Skin is removed from behind the ear, part of the cartilage is folded or removed, and the ear is allowed to bend naturally towards the side of the head.