As is the case with many facial characteristics, the size and shape of one's ears is most often a familial trait. Children with protruding ears, for example, will often see that same characteristic in their parents' and grandparents' ears. Surgical correction of this deformity can be performed with great success as early as the fourth year. By such time, the ear has reached almost adult size, so there will be little subsequent change.
The plastic surgeon performs this procedure by repositioning flexible cartilage structures. Although there are several variations of deformity in the case of protruding ears, the surgical objectives remain consistent - that is to provide a normal configuration of the ear. The surgeon places his incisions behind the ear where the scar will be least visible.
The procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia in a surgi-center on an outpatient basis.
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