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Ear Molding and Reconstruction Conditions and Treatments


Differences in the shape, size and position of any of the key features of the ear can cause the ear to look abnormal and draw unwanted attention. Unfortunately for children, this is often accompanied by teasing from peers and the development of self-esteem issues that may be carried on into adulthood.

Ear deformities can be divided into two main categories:

  • Differences in the shape or position of the ear that can be corrected using the existing tissues of the ear (Prominent Ears, Mild/Moderate Constricted ear, Stahl's Ear)
  • Differences in the shape and size of the ear that are severe and require creation of an entirely new external ear (Microtia and Severe Constricted or Lop Ear Deformity).

Click on the varieties and ways to approach these conditions:

Accessory Tragus and Branchial Cleft Remnants

Prominent Ears

Stahl's Ear

Constricted and Lop Ear



These conditions all involve an abnormal shape of the ear with minor or no deficiency of skin and cartilage. Unfortunately, molding is not possible for more severe deformities that involve major deficiencies of cartilage and skin such as microtia and severe cases of constricted ears. 

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