Prominent Ear Correction
This deformity is caused from the increased of the ear-skull angle. This is composed of 3 parts of our ear. First is the concha, the spoon-shaped cartilage located next to our hearing canal. If this cartilage is too big, or has a steep angle with the skull bone, the ears face front. The second is the apex, which is the fold of the ear. If the cartilage is soft and fold angle is high, the ear is prominent. The third is the lobule. If the ear lobule faces anterior, this also causes prominent ear.
What is the best age for prominent ear correction?
Prominent ear correction is the aesthetic operation that can be done in children over 5 years. When children start socializing with primary school, his/her friends may make fun of the prominent ears and this might be stressful for the child. In these situations, operation can be done at young age with a good communication provided with the young patient. It can be done at any age after this stage of life.
Is general anesthesia is necessary?
In adults local anesthesia is enough, and sometimes is supported by sedation in case of anxiety. The ear is numbed with a couple of tiny needles and the operation is painless. In children, general anesthesia is required.
How is the prominent ear corrected?
Prominent ear correction is a simple and safe operation for the patient. The groove behind the ear is incised and the cartilage is shaped. There are no visible scars left. There are several techniques described but the principles are nearly the same.
The level of prominence and the experience of the surgeon affect the postoperative results. In the half of the consulting patients, the problem is the high angle and can be performed with needles from small incisions. If the prominence is more obvious and cartilage resection is needed, then the incision is done longer behind the ear.
Is it possible to correct prominent ear without any cuts and tennis bandages?
Yes it is. Dr. Guner usually performs this procedure with needle correction and uses skin colored bandages for three days.
When will I recover?
Patients go home the same day. The bandages are removed on the third day and may go back to their normal social life.