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Nov/Dec 2015

Treatment of Prominent Ears and OtoplastyA Contemporary Review

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • 2Koch Facial Plastic Surgery and Spa, West Des Moines, Iowa
  • 3Division of Facial Plastic Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2015;17(6):449-454. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2015.0783

Prominent ears affect approximately 5% of the population and can have a significant psychological impact on patients. A wide variety of otoplasty techniques have been described, all sharing the goal of re-creating the normal appearance of the ear and achieving symmetry between the 2 sides. Recent trends in otoplasty techniques have consistently moved toward less invasive options, ranging from nonsurgical newborn ear molding to cartilage-sparing surgical techniques and even incisionless, office-based procedures. Herein, we review anatomy of the external ear, patient evaluation, the evolution of nonsurgical and surgical otoplasty techniques, otoplasty outcomes, and future trends for treatment of prominent ears.