Many children (and adults) with large, outstanding ears are bothered by the appearance of their deformity. Emotional distress, self-consciousness, hostility, and rejection may all be present or develop in varied degrees. These concerns may not always be overtly apparent to the parents.
The ear is almost fully developed by the fourth to the sixth year. Surgical correction can be effectively performed at this age prior to entering school. Adults may be operated on at any age.
Incisions are hidden on the back part of each ear. Children usually undergo surgery under general anesthesia. Many adults can undergo the procedure under mild sedation and return to work within a day or two following correction. A protective dressing is applied the ear following surgery and removed in the office after 48 to 72 hours.
There is a high degree of patient satisfaction and psychological benefit from this highly successful operation.