What can be done to correct protruding ears?
An otoplasty is a procedure that corrects protruding or prominent ears. The most common method for this surgery involves placing very well hidden post-operatively permanent sutures on the back of the ear in the ear cartilage to roll the outer part of the ear into a more desirable shape. A bulky bandage is placed over the ears for comfort and protection while sleeping, and this is removed after 1 – 2 days. This deformity is commonly corrected in children prior to attending school to prevent teasing from their peers. A fair number of adults also have this procedure performed.
This is an outpatient surgery, and is performed under general anesthesia. Most patients need pain medication for a few days after the surgery.