What You Should Know about Otoplasty?
Prominent ear surgery, or otoplasty, is a plastic surgery that is performed on patients who are not happy with the appearance of their ears. Prominent ear surgery is considered a fairly easy operation and eliminates the defects in the external ear structure. It is performed under general anesthesia and takes around 30 minutes. However, the duration of the operation depends on the deformation of the ear and can take longer in some cases. The surgery can be applied to both children and adults.
What Is Prominent Ear?
The prominent ear is a very common ear deformity that can be seen in children and adults. The condition of the prominent ear may be different for each patient. It is caused by three anatomical deformities:
-Underdeveloped ear fold
A prominent ear can affect the person’s social life and cause a lack of self-confidence. Prominent ear operation can easily solve the problem and prevents the patient’s psychological health from any negative effects. Unlike the other aesthetic operations, this surgery can be performed on children. Parents should not underestimate this and be aware that treating a prominent ear will protect children from being psychologically traumatizing at school. Therefore it would be better to get prominent ear surgery at an early age. The auricle development is completed at the age of 6, which is a good time for considering the operation. However, you don’t need to worry even if you are older. You can have this surgery at any age.
How Is the Surgery Performed?
Prominent ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, is performed under general anesthesia in adult patients, however, it is preferred to be performed under general anesthesia in children. The procedure is performed by making an incision on the back of the ear and thinning the cartilage with a file. It is then completed by suturing the incision. The sutures are placed in the back of the ears, which means they won’t be seen when looked at from the front.
Patients are required to wear a hair-band that entirely covers the ear for about 3 weeks. It will control the load on the stitches and helps the cartilage to heal in its new position. It will also reduce any postoperative swelling or edema.
It is normal to lose sensation in the ear for the first weeks, but it will return to normal after that period. Avoid using a hairdryer during the recovery process. You can contact us for a free consultation if you any further questions.