Known as prominent ear, this problem can be reduced with otoplasty. Otoplasty is a surgical operation that can be applied to individuals over 6 years old who completed cartilage development and this operation takes 1-2 hours.
Reasons for prominent ear problem
Prominent ear problem is extremely common and can be seen in one in every 20 children. Prominent ear is a cosmetic problem that negatively effects psychology of individuals and 95% of this problem are congenital and caused by genetic factors. This problem occurs due to underdeveloped cartilage structure in mother’s womb. It is observed that children with prominent ear struggle in school life and have weak communication. Therefore, otoplasty is recommended at young ages to avoid negative effects on personality and psychologic development of the child.
Prominent ear problem can be caused by insufficient ear cartilage angle or large cartilage in ear. Different surgical techniques are used for both of these problems.
How is otoplasty applied?
While this operation is applied with general anaesthesia to younger patients, local anaesthesia will be sufficient for adults. Cartilage is re-shaped to fit the general look of the individuals. Angle between ears and head is tightened.
Cut is made behind the ear for otoplasty and this cut will not be visible from front. This cut will be less visible in 6-12 months.
Things to Consider After Operation
- One day after the surgery, ears should be dressed and a hair band that will not tighten the ears should be put.
- This band should be kept for 3 weeks. Band will decrease the load on sutures and reduce the oedema in a fast way.
- Since there will be numbness on ears after the surgery, patients should avoid using blow dryers for 2 weeks.
- Patients can take a shower with warm water 3 days after the surgery.
- Ears must be protected from all physical impact for 2 weeks.
- Patients must avoid sleeping on their sides for 2 weeks.