Prominent Ear Correction

Prominent ears, also known as protruding ears, Dumbo ears, or bat ears, is when one or both baby ears stick out or are larger than the average ear. Some physicians also describe it as a cup ear. 

Causes of Prominent Ear

  • Not having a fold in the ear (antihelical fold) which prevents it from folding backwards.
  • Having an enlarged concha, which is the bowl-shaped part of the middle of the ear. 
  • A cup ear is a severe form of prominent ear where the entire outer rim of the ear is tight and curls forward. The earlobe is often pushed upwards and can partially block the ear canal.

Prominent Baby Ear

Prominent Baby Ear

Cup Ear Deformity

Cup Ear Deformity

Do Babies Grow Into Their Ears?

Two large studies in Texas and Canada showed that some mild ear deformities will correct on their own in the first week after birth. However, after about 7-10 days of age, the ears will no longer change shape and the deformity will stay as it is.

The old adage that babies grow into their ears is NOT true.

The deformity will stay the same unless it is molded early in life, or surgically corrected later in life. As the baby gets older and his/her hair grows, this partially covers the ears, which may make it less noticeable. 

Success Story #1 Correction of Prominent Ear with Ear Molding

Prominent Ear after Ear Molding

This is an infant born with prominent ears in New York City. His parents described the ears as enlarged and "ears that stick out". He had a poorly formed antihelical fold on both sides. This was corrected with 4 weeks of ear molding with an EarWell. The end result was a beautiful ear shape with the ears essentially pinned back without surgery.

Success Story #2 Non-Surgical Correction of Prominent Ears in New York City

Before and after of ear molding with a custom prosthesis

This is a baby boy born with prominent ears on both sides. The top part of the ears were folded forward and downward. He underwent ear molding with a custom prosthesis to reshape the ears without surgery. His ears were molded for 6 weeks and he obtained a nice symmetric result.

Success Story #3 Correction of Baby Ears that Stick Out

Before and after of ear molding with a custom prosthesis

This is a baby with prominent ears that stuck out from New Jersey. The parents brought the baby to our Manhattan office for ear molding.  The ears were molded with an EarWell to permanently fold the ears back without surgery.  The ears were molded for 4 weeks to obtain this result.  

Success Story #4 Correction of Newborn Ears that Fold Forward

Before and after of ear molding with a custom prosthesis

This is a baby girl with prominent ears that folded forward from Long Island. She underwent correction of her ear deformity with an EarWell for 4 weeks. She obtained a beautiful, symmetric and permanent result after ear molding.

Success Story #5 Ear Molding for Prominent Ears

Before and after of ear molding with a custom prosthesis

This was a newborn with prominent ears that stuck out and were folded forward. There was poor formation of the antihelical fold. The baby underwent ear molding with a custom mold that was applied for 4 weeks. The baby obtained a beautiful shape and permanent result after ear molding.  

Contact Us - Prominent Ear Correction

If your baby was born with prominent ears, consider non-surgical ear molding. Time is of the essence. We perform the molding procedure at the first office visit. We will obtain insurance approval before your first visit. Call us for more information – (917) 708-0018

Dr. Shareef Jandali

Ear Molding NYC

Dr. Shareef Jandali is a board-certified plastic surgeon with the skills and training necessary to correct and treat all ear deformities. He is affiliated with several prestigious organizations:

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • University of Pennsylvania

To learn more about the services offered at his New York practice, schedule a consultation online or call (917) 708-0018.

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