Protruding ears can be reshaped through an incision made behind the ear, allowing the surgeon to trim and modify the ear cartilage to bring the ear closer to the skull. This situation is due to a congenital problem with ear development and is frequently treated between the ages of six and eight, although many adults also undergo the procedure. Local with sedation (“twilight anesthesia”) or general anesthesia is used and the operation takes about two hours. No overnight stay is needed.
Earlobe procedures are available to reconstruct the distorted appearance left after removing guage devices, to repair torn earlobes from local trauma ( earring pull through ), and to reduce the elongated shape that develops with aging or chronic use of heavy earrings.