What Is Prominent Ear Correction – Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is the surgery performed for surgical correction of deformed ears such as prominent ears, larger than normal ears, deficiencies and disorders in the auricle. But I am going to give information in this page about Prominent Ear Correction.
What is right timing for this surgery?
It is generally performed to children in preschool age. Because at school age, prominent ears may be the subject of mockery among classmates, which can disrupt the child’s psychological state. If it is desired to be corrected, I strongly recommend doing it during the preschool period so that it does not encounter any psychological disorder.
Of course, if the timing that I suggested was hanged, there is no such thing as this surgery is not performed. My preschool term is just a recommended one, but of course I have patients who have done this even in adulthood.
Operation and Early period of after Operation
General anesthesia is preferred in young children and local anesthesia is preferred in adults. The operation takes an average of 1 to 2 hours depending on additional deformities needs to be corrected such as size, auricular problems etc.
Procedure is done through a cut is made at the back surface of the ear, in which the scar will be hidden. Cartilage reshaping and repositioning are made through that cut with the help of special kind of suture material. These suture materials will support new shape and position for first 6 weeks. After 6 weeks there is no need any more for supportive application.
In preschool age I prefer to make supportive dressings which will be changed every three days for three weeks and continuing with tennis headband for another three weeks. In young and adult age, I prefer to apply tennis headband at the end of the operation to stay days and night in first 3 weeks, only nights in second 3 weeks.
There may be pain and throbbing in the ears for first two days. However, this stage can easily be passed with the help of medical treatment. Young and adult patients may return to their daily life in a week, but children need to be in close observation for 3 weeks.
What are the risks of this surgery?
As with any surgery, bleeding and infection is a complication in this surgery. While pressured dressing will prevent bleeding, post-operative antibiotic treatment prevents possible infection. Even if it is not highly seen complication, recurrence of the prominence may occur. In this case re-operation is always an option.
Prominent Ear Correction Related Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to recover from otoplasty?
Young and adult age patient can easily return to their daily life in a week but children needs to be observed by their parents for 3 weeks
Can ears be pinned back without surgery?
There are some people traying this, but I highly don’t recommend this. The only and safest way to pin the back is Otoplasty.
How long do you have to wear a headband after otoplasty?
Headband needs to be worn for 6 weeks.
Is otoplasty permanent?
As soon as wound healing process passed with no complication of recurrence, the result will be permanent. To not higher the risk of recurrence you must do what we told you to do.
What is the best age for otoplasty?
It is possible for a child with a prominent ear problem to be the subject of mockery of her / his classmates and experience problems that cannot be corrected in her / his psychology. Therefore, the ideal timing for prominent ear surgery is pre-school time.
Do ears move after otoplasty?
Even if there will be some forward movement because of elasticity of the ear cartilages it is hard to move them like before.
How much does it cost to get ears pinned back?
The pricing of otoplasty surgery is applied with the same fee for all our patients. Due to the relevant legal regulations, it is not possible to share information here about otoplasty prices. However, you can contact us to have more information about the price and itself.