J. Michael Self, M.D.

Plastic Surgeon

Serving Salt Lake City & surrounding areas


Ear Correction – Otoplasty

Ear Correction – Otoplasty

Ear correction is to correct disfigured or protruding ears. Whether these problems are congenital or accidental, most can be fixed. The majority of cases arise from asymmetry or protrusion. This surgery can correct these problems that, in children, lead to low self-esteem and bullying. Corrective ear surgery is usually performed on a child after the ear cartilage becomes stable enough to correct. Dr. Self will strive to attain a symmetrical appearance and proportion.

The procedure involves very little pain and scars will heal almost to be unnoticeable. Downtime associated with this procedure is usually very limited. Patients can return to their normal routines very quickly. However, the ear must be protected from physical trauma for several weeks after the surgery. There are certain age requirements to ensure that the ear is stabile for surgery — 8-10 years should be a minimum age for any child seeking this surgery.