Prominent Ears

Prominent or Protruding ears are a common finding with variable levels of expression.

This may affect 1 or both of your ears. It occurs either from inadequate folding of the ear at the antihelix, causing the helical margin to “flip” outward; or from an entire ear that is turned outward away from the scalp, and for most people a combination of both.

Procedures can be done either in the office under local anesthesia or in the operating room under anesthesia.

It is an outpatient procedure, however, a bulky wrap is placed over the ears and therefore head for the first full week after surgery. Therefore most people require at least 1 week off work or the ability to work from home.

Following the bulky bandage compression is continued while at home and overnight for a full month.

The incision is made behind the ear where it meets the scalp. A combination of sutures and cartilage molding/scoring is utilized to reposition and recreate the antihelical fold. Additionally the entire ear is setback to the scalp if necessary as well.

The scar itself is well hidden and patients are pleased with the results.

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