Embarrassing Ears? Listen Up

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As you probably know, this is gator country! However, did you know that alligators can pinpoint sounds and have incredible hearing despite lacking external auditory structures? Crazy, huh? For us humans, though, our ears are indeed external and pretty much hard to miss—especially if they are large or protruding.

Correcting Protruding EarsEars are one of the first things on your body to reach full-size, so by the age of six, kids could be walking around with fully-grown adult ears, and if those ears stick out, just imagine the teasing being endured.

No one wants their child to be bullied or have low self-esteem. Fortunately, Dr. Lisa J. Learn can help. An ear-pinning surgical procedure can not only provide more desirable contours, but also a much-needed boost in confidence.

Incisions are made behind the ears so scars are not visible. Skin and cartilage are removed or re-contoured to the desired shape, then stitched, or “pinned,” into the preferred position with internal, permanent sutures. The ears will be bandaged for a week or two for protection, and a headband worn at night is recommended. (By the way, sleeping on your back is best.)

If you notice your child’s ears stick out and he or she is less than 6 months of age, the cartilage at this time is still malleable and the condition can be treated non-surgically with splints that hold the ears in place as they grow. After six months, though, the cartilage is no longer malleable and surgery is the only option for correction—but you’ll have to wait.

The procedure can be performed once your child reaches five or six years of age when his or her ears are fully grown. Adults who have struggled with protruding ears can undergo this surgery at any time.

If you or your child are embarrassed or self-conscious about your protruding ears, call Dr. Lisa J. Learn at (954) 380-841 to find out more about ear-pinning. We can help!  

P.S. Go Gators!
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