Prominent ears, or ears that “stick out” too much, can be bothersome and embarrassing and result in loss of self-confidence. Prominent ears result from poor folding of the ear cartilage or overgrowth of portions of the ear. Fortunately, most prominent ears can be corrected with a minor surgical procedure.
The surgical procedure, called otoplasty, is typically done through an inconspicuous incision on the back of the ear. Stitches are placed in the ear cartilage to reshape and refine the ear cartilage folds. Where there is overgrowth of ear cartilage, the excess cartilage can be removed. The incision is then closed with dissolving stitches. A bulky, soft gauze dressing is placed to protect the ear during the early phase of healing. Typically, the bulky dressings are removed in 1 week. You will be asked to limit strenuous physical activity or contact sports for 4-6 weeks.
If desired, this procedure may be done under a local anesthetic. Pain following the procedure is minimal, and the results are generally excellent. Serious complications are rare.
Dr. Gage has over 10 years experience in caring for children and adults with ear shape concerns. He recognizes that every patient comes with unique concerns and needs.
Dr. Gage is committed to discussing your concerns with you and developing a highly specialized treatment plan to help you achieve your best possible result. If you would like to discuss ear surgery with Dr. Gage, please call the office to schedule a consultation at (314) 251-4530.