What Causes Prominent Ears?
Most often, what people consider “big ears” are not actually significantly larger than normal, but project out from the side of the head at a greater angle. Ears are normally positioned at an angle of about 20 to 35 degrees, angles more than 35 degrees will make ears appear larger.
Protruding ears affect around 5% of the general population, but rarely affect a person’s hearing. They may occur for a number of reasons including an overdevelopment or underdevelopment of cartilage, or the result of an injury. Some deformities are self-correcting. In cases where an external deformity does not self-correct, an otoplasty or non-surgical correction may be recommended.
What Happens After Surgery?
You can expect an immediate and long-lasting improvement in the appearance of your ears once your bandages are removed. Incisions made for otoplasty often result in scars that are easily hidden behind the ears. Patients express feeling mild discomfort while sleeping; avoiding pressure on the ears is essential. Some throbbing or aching of the ears may occur during the first few days following surgery, which can be managed with medication.
Recovery time for most patients is one week or less, after which you can return to work or school. You may participate in strenuous activities and contact sports with in two-three weeks.