Most often, the candidate for ear surgery is a young child who is ridiculed for having protruding ears. A child as young as age four may undergo the procedure known as otoplasty to correct the problem. When first performed over 100 years ago, this procedure consisted of merely pulling the ear closer to the head and sewing it in place. However, the spring-like nature of ear cartilage and elasticity of overlying skin made it necessary to modify this technique. Today, an otoplasty for protruding ears involves contouring the ear cartilage. The cartilage is thus tailored and restructured to give the ear a more natural form. Sometimes a hair style may mask large or protruding ears, but this is obviously only a temporary source of relief. Plastic surgery will permanent revision of the problem .
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