Correction of prominent ears

About 1 to 2 % of the population consider their ears to prominent. Prominent ear is inherited and is often due to the absence of the fold in the ear cartilage. Sometimes the ears appear prominent due to a large cup (concha) of the ear and occasionally it is a combination of the two. Children are often picked on and teased at school and lead to loss of self confidence.

Aims of surgery:

In infancy the deformity can be corrected by moulding and the use of splints. However in older children and adults surgery is required to correct the deformity. Surgery aims to recreate the fold in the ear by manipulating the cartilage and set the ears nearer the head. The technique varies depending of the deformity but aims to restore a natural look.

Commonly asked Questions:

How is the operation carried out?

The operation is done under general anaesthesia, however in adults it can be done under local anaesthesia. A cut is made at the back of the ear and the cartilage manipulated to create the fold in the ear. A light protective dressing is worn for one week. Stitches are removed about a week to ten days later.

Will there be a scar?

There would be a scar at the back of the ear which is usually hidden. In about 3 % of patients the scar becomes red and raised (keloid) and is due to the inherent way that they heal.

Are there any complications?

Every effort is made to avoid complications, but complications can occur rarely. The complications that can occur are bleeding, infection, pain which can lead to deformity of the ear. Occasionally the stitches used to hold the cartilage give way and further surgery is required.

Will the ears be symmetrical?

There is always difference in shape and size between the two ears before surgery and although every effort is made to obtain symmetry some difference between the two ears will be there.

When can I return to sports?

You can return to sports within a few weeks. However contact sports such as boxing and rugby should be avoided for three months.

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