Seminars in Plastic Surgery 2017; 31(03): 152-160
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1604241
Review Article
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The Protruding Ear: Cosmetic and Reconstruction

Kausar Ali1, Jesse D. Meaike2, Renata S. Maricevich1, Asaf Olshinka1
  • 1Division of Plastic Surgery, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
  • 2Division of Plastic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
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Publication Date:
09 August 2017 (online)


Ear prominence is a relatively common cosmetic deformity with no associated functional deficits, but with profound psychosocial impact, especially in young patients. Protruding ears in children have propagated surgical advances that incorporate reconstructive techniques. Here we outline a systematic framework to evaluate the protruding ear and present various reconstructive surgical options for correction. Both cosmetic and reconstructive perspectives should be entertained when addressing this anatomical deformity.