Prominent ears is a common condition and represents a mild deformity that is along the spectrum of congenital ear deformities, ranging from very mild prominence to complete absence of the ear. One’s appearance with prominent ears can lead to considerable social difficulties, particularly in children starting around the age of 6 or 7. There are several reasons that the ear can protrude more than desired. A detailed physical examination can identify the problem and then we can make a surgical plan. The procedure, termed “Otoplasty” involves an incision on the back of the ear where it is mostly hidden from sight. Through this approach we can shape and mold the cartilage to achieve the desired results. The procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure, usually under general anesthesia. Recovery is often complete within a week or two. The results should be permanent.
Surgery to correct prominent ears is most often considered a cosmetic surgery, although in certain pediatric cases insurance may cover the procedure . More information about the financial arrangements for cosmetic surgery can be found on the Consultation Page.