What is Prominent Ear?
Prominent ear is the most common congenital anomaly of the head and neck region. This anomaly is characterized by the separation of the ear canal at a wider angle from the angle of 20-30 degrees to the head and/or the inadequacy/absence of the folds which should be formed in the ear.
Who Undergo Otoplasty?
Extremely apparent ears can cause psychological problems and lack of confidence in many of our patients. Especially, the school-age children may be very sensitive to reactions from their friends. Women who are annoyed by the fact that their ear is overly apparent, and those who cannot tie their hair up due to the appearance of their ears may have a natural appearance with otoplasty operation.
What is the best age for otoplasty surgery?
Patients at any age may undergo otoplasty surgery, however we recommend performing this operation at the beginning of school age (5 to 6 years) both to prevent psychological influences and since the ear cartilage is softer at that age.
Is Otoplasty a Difficult Procedure?
Otoplasty takes from half an hour to one and a half hours depending on the technique applied. In adults, this procedure may be performed under local anesthesia/sedation/general anesthesia. In children, it is performed under sedation or general anesthesia. Through an incision behind the ear, the cartilages are weakened and shaped through sutures, and the incision is closed. This is a relatively comfortable operation for the patient.
The dressings are removed one day after surgery. For a week, the ears are protected using a hair band. After a week, the sutures are removed. In the subsequent 1-2 weeks, we recommend wearing the head band only at night.
What are the Risks of Otoplasty?
As in other surgeries, there are also some risks posed by otoplasty surgery. Blood buildup and infection are the most prominent complications. With a careful operative technique and careful postoperative care, we can prevent these risks.
Can Prominent Ears Be Repaired without Operation?
In practice, certain types of prominent ear can be repaires by using sewing techniques without incision. To achieve this, the ear cartilage tissues should not be too hard.