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Dr. Minas Constantinides
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Protruding Ears (Overview)

Protruding ears is a facial feature in which a person's ears appear to stick out from his head more than usual, in comparison to the average person of the same racial/ethnic group. Facial features can be familial (passed from parent to child), or they can sometimes be due to a medical condition.


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What physical damage could protruding ears possibly have on the individual?

What physical damage could protruding ears possibly have on the individual?

No physical effect: Prominent ears, also known as "bat-ears" is a congenital condition, with some genetic effect, that leads to a perception of being different, often by others, rather than the individual. The damage from this condition is not physical but rather emotional. Children can be ridiculed and sometimes assigned a level of immaturity or low intellect. Corrective surgery can be done, but is cosmetic. ...Read more

Dr. Minas Constantinides
19 doctors shared insights

Protruding Ears (Overview)

Protruding ears is a facial feature in which a person's ears appear to stick out from his head more than usual, in comparison to the average person of the same racial/ethnic group. Facial features can be familial (passed from parent to child), or they can sometimes be due to a medical condition.


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Is otoplasty a permanent solution for protruding ears? I've heard that ears keep growing your whole life. Does that mean that even if I have otoplasty now, my ears might end up looking the same again in a few years? .

Is otoplasty a permanent solution for protruding ears? I've heard that ears keep growing your whole life. Does that mean that even if I have otoplasty now, my ears might end up looking the same again in a few years?

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I : I have yet to see a patient grow out of a otoplasty result. Generally the cartilage in the ears does not grow after your early 20's. What may change is the soft tissue covering the cartilaginous skeleton. There are several techniques, but when you have an otoplasty done the cartilaginous skeleton is sculptured and repositioned then the soft tissue is trimmed and re-draped. The good news is that no matter how esthetically pleasing somebody appears, they are not perfectly symmetrically. ...Read more

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Treating Swimmer's Ear (Checklist)

Keep water out of ears (use earplugs or shower cap when showering)
Daily
Use eardrops as directed
Daily
Use Tylenol or warm compresses to minimize pain
3x day
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What physical damage could protruding ears possibly have on the individual?

No physical effect: Prominent ears, also known as "bat-ears" is a congenital condition, with some genetic effect, that leads to a perception of being different, often by others, rather than the individual. The damage from this condition is not physical but rather emotional. Children can be ridiculed and sometimes assigned a level of immaturity or low intellect. Corrective surgery can be done, but is cosmetic. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
Once
Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
Once
Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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Is otoplasty a permanent solution for protruding ears? I've heard that ears keep growing your whole life. Does that mean that even if I have otoplasty now, my ears might end up looking the same again in a few years? .

I : I have yet to see a patient grow out of a otoplasty result. Generally the cartilage in the ears does not grow after your early 20's. What may change is the soft tissue covering the cartilaginous skeleton. There are several techniques, but when you have an otoplasty done the cartilaginous skeleton is sculptured and repositioned then the soft tissue is trimmed and re-draped. The good news is that no matter how esthetically pleasing somebody appears, they are not perfectly symmetrically. ...Read more

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