Prominent ears are a result of a variety of different anatomic configurations, however, the two most common reasons ears are prominent are due to the lack of an anti-helical fold and oversized cartilage. The general treatment considerations are to identify the source or reason for the prominence and then to treat the specific finding. In some cases, it requires the creation of the anti-helical fold while in other cases it requires setting the ear back closer to the head. In many cases, it requires both techniques.

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What is the Best Age For Children to Undergo The Procedure?

In children, the procedure is typically performed after the age of 5 or 6. In cases of severe deformity, it can be done as early as 2. However, these cases are rare.

In cases in which minor deformities exist, the family may wish to wait until the child can participate in the decision at around ages 7-10. The rationale for performing the procedure earlier as opposed to later in life is to reduce the chance of being teased or feeling insecure or embarrassed when the child starts school.

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How Do I Get Started with Ear Surgery?

If you are curious to learn more about whether otoplasty in San Diego may be the right choice for you, or you have a child interested in treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact a double Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Karam today. During your initial session, he will be able to address such important topics as financing, risks, recovery, and results in greater depth. Dr. Karam is especially gentle and playful with young children. He is able to set them at ease quite quickly, relieving any anxiety and creating an atmosphere of healing and tranquility. He will examine your ears, review your medical records, and begin to create a customized plan of action for resolving your most troublesome aesthetic issues. Dr. Karam also will provide you access to our before and after the library of photographs so you can get the clearest picture of what kind of outcomes are available.


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