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Prominent Ear Correction

Prominent Ear Correction

Prominent Ear Correction treatment is also known as Otoplasty. The ears are one of the first parts of the body to reach adult size. When the ear projects excessively it can be regarded as prominent. In another way otoplasty is the term which is also used to describe the surgical correction of prominent ears. In some cases people choose to undergo surgery to improve the appearance of the ears.

 What causes of Prominent Ear Correction?

  • This can happen if genetic features or health conditions affect cartilage growth, or if an injury affects the shape of the ears. Any of these factors can affect one or both ears. However, having prominent ears should not affect a person's hearing.
  • Prominent ears may run in families, but they often occur randomly. Around 30% of children with prominent ears have ears that appear normal at birth but then start to change shape in the first 3 months of life.
  • In most cases prominent ears are caused by an underdeveloped antihelical fold. When the antihelical fold does not form correctly, it causes the helix to stick out.

Preparing For Your Prominent Ear Correction Surgery

Follow all specific directions, including instructions regarding medications. Stop using all medications that increase bleeding and bruising for two weeks before and after the operation. For 4 weeks prior, avoid smoking and alcohol consumption as these could prevent you from achieving your best results.

Post Operative Activities

  • Slight bruising for around 2 weeks.
  • Soreness for a few days.
  • Numbness and tingling for several weeks.
  • Avoiding strenuous exercises and activities, remaining in an upright position and avoiding weight loss diets for 3 weeks.
  • You will also need to avoid smoking for 4 weeks and direct sunlight for 6 weeks.

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Frequently Asked questions


Surgery to correct protruding ears is called a setback otoplasty. It can be performed as early as 5 to 6 years of age when ears are almost fully grown. The procedure to correct protruding ears is usually performed through an incision behind the ears. The cartilage is reshaped to create an antihelical fold.
Uneven ears or ears that protrude far from the head occur for many reasons such as genetics, birth defects, and trauma, but there are three ways your anatomy causes your ears to stick out so far including: The Angle of Your Ear on the Side of Your Head: This is called an increased concho-scaphal angle.
Every person will inherit genes from their parents that affect the shape, size, and prominence of their ears. It is not uncommon to see large, protruding ears passed down from parent to child.
Mild to moderate discomfort or pain is normal after any surgery and can be expected after otoplasty. Pain may be worse if the bandages are too tight. If the pain becomes severe and is not relieved by pain medication your child may have a complication or a too tight bandage.
Your surgeon will make a cut at the back of your ear and peel off some skin from the cartilage. They will change the shape of the cartilage so your ear lies closer to your head. If your ears are not symmetrical (evenly shaped on both sides) you surgeon may correct this as well.

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