For unknown reasons, some people experience large or misshaped ears that protrude further than normal from the head. This is usually as a result of the failure of one of the folds of the ear cartilage developing fully. A child with these ear problems often faces ridicule and teasing, and adults and children alike may suffer from a lack of self-confidence. Otoplasty surgery is a procedure offered by Dr. Joseph at our practice, in which the cartilage of the ear is reshaped to restore a more normal appearance. Although most often performed on children between the ages of 5 and 15, Otoplasty can safely be done on older teenagers and adults. The procedure can improve the size, prominence, protrusion, and symmetry of the ears, and significantly boost self-esteem.