18-24 year old woman treated with Ear Surgery
Prominent or protruding ears affect five percent of individuals. They are genetic; 59% of affected individuals have a family history. Since the inner ear develops independently from the outer ear, therefore, patients with prominent ears generally have normal hearing.
Otoplasty(surgery of the ear) has a rich surgical history:
Otoplasty was developed in ancient India in the 5th century BC by the Indian physician Sushruta. In his time, Sushruta and his medical students developed otoplastic and other plastic surgical techniques and procedures for correcting (repairing) and reconstructing ears, noses, lips, and genitalia that were amputated as criminal, religious, and military punishments. The ancient Indian medical knowledge and plastic surgery techniques of the Sushruta samhita were practiced throughout Asia until the late 18th century.
In the late 1800’s modern modifications were described by Dieffenbach and Ely, and in the early 20th century by Luckett. The Mustarde technique, which uses permanent mattress sutures to maintain the superior crus, gained popularity in the 1970s. Most surgeons now perform cartilage-sparing otoplasty, in which cartilage is neither incised nor excised to achieve the natural folding of the cartilage. The goal being a natural appearing and symmetric result.