Large protruding ears can be a source of discomfort and teasing for children and adults. When discovered at birth, a small appliance can be fixed to hold the ear in an anatomic position in a process known as ear molding. The molding apparatus is usually worn for 4-6 weeks can possibly prevent the need for surgery.
Otoplasty is a surgical option, which involves reshaping the cartilage of the ears to help approve the appearance. Sutures are placed internally to hold the new position and immediate results can be obtained. This surgery is performed under general anesthesia for children, and can be performed under local anesthesia for adults. A headband must be worn for 2-3 weeks post-operatively to help support the repair.