The cup ear, or lop ear, deformity is congenital and can be hereditary. Although it is evident from birth, but it is best to do nothing until the child is about six years old and the ear is large enough to permit correction. Seldom is a child under six self-conscious enough to express concern about the appearance of his ears.

Various procedures are used fix these deformaties. In most cases, the result is a very natural and inconspicuous ear. Only in extreme cases – when the ears are miniscule or severely underdeveloped – is complex cartilage-graft structural reconstruction needed. The same operation can be done on adults in the case of prominent ears.

For most woman, common ear correction in women’s ears is the repair of split earlobes or elongated holes that have stretched from wearing earrings. These can be fixed easily under straight local anesthesia with no loss of work time. The sutures are removed in five days, and the ears can be re-pierced in about six to eight weeks. After that, the studs are left in for four weeks to allow the holes to mature. After that, you can wear any earrings.

Too-long earlobes can be shortened with a simple but careful out-patient procedure done under local anesthesia. The results are permanent, youthful looking earlobes. Dressings are worn for about a week although swelling may persist for several weeks. The sutures dissolve.