Prominent Ear or Lop Ear
Prominent ear refers to abnormal protrusion of the ear from the surface of the skull or existence of an unnaturally large angle between the auricle and the skull. This malformation may occur as a result of abnormality in the development of different parts of the auricle. This type of malformation usually transpires in both ears. When only one ear is involved, the malformation is more distressing for the patient.
Surgery on this type of malformation involves an incision on the back of the ear. Techniques for altering the shape of the auricle can result in completely natural looking ears in the patient. It must be stressed that this surgical procedure must be performed on children prior to school age.