Prominent ears are most often the result of a loss of the fold within the ear called the antihelix and a deep conchal bowl. If noted in the neonatal period, applying splints to keep the ear in place for a few months can correct the deformity. This can be achieved by using a commercial device such as the ear buddy system or simply using steristrips.
At what age can the surgery be performed?
The surgery should only be carried out when the cartilage has started to mature after about 4 years of age and when children have become conscious about the shape of their ears and have expressed a wish to have something done.