The most often occurring ear deformities are the asymmetric or protruding ears. These might make one anxious or depressed. Sometimes shyness is also caused by the mocking of protruding ears. Protruding ears mean that the outer ear shell stands off in 10-15 degrees from the line of the head. This protruding is mostly apparent on both sides, but it can occur only on one side as well. It can be also problematic if the sizes of the ears differ.
We correct the cartilaginous skeleton of the deformed ear, so the result will be perfect and final. The development of the ear shell is finished at the age of 5, so protruding ears are better treated at the age of 5-6. Asymmetric or protruding ears can cause severe personality disorders during childhood but even later too, so those should be treated. The mocking of ugly ears can affect one’s whole life, and performance in life, thus I can become introverted as a result. The result of otoplasty can psychologically improve our patients’ health above aesthetic effects.
The practice in otoplasty/ear correction is that we wait until the patient wants the correction himself/herself. We often perform otoplasty for adults as well. In the case of adults, the cause of the surgery can be the desire to change one’s hairstyle. As every surgery, it is preceded by a thorough consultation, during which the patient is informed about the effects, side-effects of the surgery, and is given some advice for the regeneration period after the treatment.
The process of surgery: Otoplasty is performed with the anaesthesia of the ear, we make the incision behind the ear, which will be invisible after the surgery.
We excavate the cartilaginous skeleton of the outer ear, we set it into the desired position and size, and then we fix it.
After the bleeding stops the cartilage membrane and the incision is closed with neat plastic stitches. As the skin is very thin here, scar formation is minimal, so not even the stitches would leave a trace.
At the end of the surgery a pressure bandage is applied to the ear, so the bruises and swellings can be prevented.
The length of the surgery: It depends on how extent correction is required, but it is about 20 – 60 minutes in general.
Possible complications: As all the plastic surgeries, even otoplasty can come with complications, in ideal circumstances as well. Above the generally possible complications - bleeding, infection, and healing disorder – some special complications might occur in the case of otoplasty. Temporary analgesia might occur for a short time, but it would disappear without intervention. Depending on personal aptitude, even with the most modern devices, materials, and with the most delicate insertion of the stitches, the scar can turn red, it can be firm to the touch, slightly widened. These changes won’t be so apparent after some time; those might get thinner and less visible. If these scars won’t get less visible, we treat them with further scar removal surgeries.
Advice after the surgery:
- Rest and maximal care are always necessary after otoplasty.
- You should avoid consuming physical activities and sport for 6 weeks after the surgery.
- The removal of stitches happens one week after the plastic surgery the compression bandage is removed then.
- The wear of a special headband is advised for 3 weeks all day all night after that.
- The whole fixation time is 6 weeks.
- It is recommended to sleep with stilted upper body.