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Success story: ears that stick out

Thank you to ‘Anonymous female’, age 17, from the USA, for sharing how she tackled bullying about her ears at school with corrective surgery.

A problem since childhood

I had been self conscious of my ears for as long as I could remember. I was too afraid to tell my parents because I was embarrassed. I was also made fun of at school by this girl. She called me 'donkey ears'. I never wore my hair up unless there was no other option, such as for basketball games. My mom once asked me if i never put my hair up because of my ears. I told her and she started to look for surgeons.

The procedure

At the age of 13 I had the surgery. . After the surgery I was in a lot of pain and my ears hurt to the touch for about 2 months. It sucked, but it was totally worth it. I am so happy my parents let me get the surgery.

Tackle it, move on

If you have the same problems, talk to your parents. It might be difficult but there could be the possibility they do something about it. It was hard to tell my parents why i never put my hair up. The surgery changed everything for me. Now it's like i never had the problem in the first place and I can do whatever I want with my hair.
If your parents think you are too young, you are not. My surgeon said he has done this procedure to kids as young as five. It's a problem many people have. I know what you all are going through. It's not fun at all, but there is a solution.
For more information see our section on ears that stick out.  As with any plastic surgery, it is important to find a surgeon who is skilled at this particular operation; see our section on choosing a cosmetic surgeon.
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Fascinating facts

By the age of 5 or 6 years, our ears are about the size they will be when we are adults

About 5% of people think their ears stick out too much

It is normal for the tip of the ear to be up to 2 cm from the scalp

Older people have bigger ears. The reason could be that as we get older our ears grow by 0.22 mm/year. Or it could be that people with big ears live longer (for some unknown reason)

In Chinese culture, it is believed that long ears signify nobility (and predict a long life), and thick earlobes predict greater wealth

A burglar who listened at doors and windows, to see if anyone was at home, was caught by his ear prints left at scenes of his crimes (Daily Telegraph)

In 1998, a retired company director handed out thousands of large cardboard ears to commuters as they crossed London Bridge into the business area of the City. He filmed the business people wearing the ears, and submitted the film for the contemporary art Turner Prize

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