One of the most frequent congenital malformations of the ears are deformities of the auricle, commonly known as "prominent ears" or "jug ears". In our culture, prominent ears tend to be the subject of ridicule and incite other children to tease. This often leads to psychological stress, especially in the case of children, which makes an operative correction necessary not only from an optical point of view. The operation can be performed at any age, but if children suffer from this deformity, it should best be carried out before the child starts school.
Occasionally a combined deformity can be apparent so that further measures are necessary in order to optimise the shape or size of the ears. There are various techniques available: We prefer an incision at the back of the ear whereby the cartilage is partly exposed and, after reduction with several stitches, is given its new shape and fixed. Thanks to additional targeted incisions in the cartilage, this usually keeps its new shape on a permanent basis.