Prominauris (prominent ears) is a condition in which a person’s ears excessively protrude away from their head. This creates an unnatural appearance. Unfortunately, this condition often provokes hurtful teasing by other children in the classroom and can have a significant impact on a child’s self-esteem. Adults who have prominent ears are often sensitive about their appearance as well, which imparts a negative self-image and impacts their self confidence. Fortunately, prominent ears can be corrected through a procedure called otoplasty (ear shaping). The procedure can be performed at any age after 4, which is early enough to prevent psychological scarring.
Otoplasty is performed to correct prominent ears. The abnormally shaped ear cartilage is re-sculpted to create a natural appearing ear. Sutures are used to re-enforce the cartilage. Most people go back to their regular activities within a couple of days after the procedure.
Otoplasty is performed to correct prominent ears by establishing a normal relationship between the head and the ear.
Incisions are hidden behind the ear, allowing access to the ear catilage. The cartilage is then re-shaped and enforced with suture. Occasionally, a small amount of cartilage is removed if the ear is over-developed.
The procedure is frequently performed with a general anesthetic in children. In adults, local anesthetic or sedative anesthesia is most frequently used.
Length Of Time
The procedure averages between one to two hours. It is performed in our state of the art, fully accredited outpatient surgical facility or at the hospital.
Most patients go home comfortably after the procedure. A head bandage is placed to protect the ears, which is removed in a few days.
Most patients return to a normal routine within 1 week. Children are restricted in gym class and sports for 2 weeks.
Dr. Jacob D Steiger MD is a South Florida Otoplasty specialist board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery. He practices in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, Florida treating patients from Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, as well as patients from all over the US and from around the world.