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Prominent Ear Surgery

Prominent Ear Surgery

Disorders in the ear that require ear aesthetic surgery may occur at birth or these disorders may be genetic. Congenital complete or partial absence of the ear, extra cartilage protrusions around the ear, Consticted ear like crumpled paper, pointed ears such as Captain Spark (Stahl's ear), or partial or complete loss of the ear as a result of an accident may be encountered. The most common prominent ear deformity is encountered in the community.

When should prominent ear surgery be performed?

Performing ear aesthetics is psychologically beneficial before children start going to school. Because children at that age are a bit cruel, they make fun of children with prominent ear deformities. Some sensitive children may lose their self-confidence by obsessing over this. The reason why it was not done before is because the ear growth continues. However, this operation is mostly left to adult ages, teenage ages or later.

How is Ear Surgery performed?

Ear aesthetics at young ages is performed by applying general anesthesia. In adults, it can be done under local anesthesia using atactic drug. If the patient is very anxious or young, general anesthesia is more appropriate. The surgery takes about 1.5 hours.

Ear aesthetics usually starts with the removal of a piece of skin in the threadlike from behind the auricle. Tie off parts are marked to create folds. Cartilage in the ear is rasped and brought to a consistency to curl from appropriate areas. The angle between the ear and the head is narrowed by the sutures between the osseous membrane. The auricle is shaped with stitches placed on the previously planned areas. In some ear structures, after the auricle is folded, it is observed that while the auricle is expected to rotate backwards with the pulling of the auricle, it does not rotate, even more prominently it remains forward. In such cases, tissue is removed from the back of the earlobe with a special technique and the earlobe is curved backwards. The ear surgery is completed by repairing the skin behind the ear with aesthetic sutures. The dressing is done. Patients who underwent surgery under local anesthesia can go home on the same day.

After the surgery, we apply a small dressing that can be hidden under the hair band. It is possible to remove this dressing the next day. There is no stitch removal and the first control is on the 4th day and the next control is on the 15th day. On the 3rd day of ear aesthetic surgery, you can take a bath with warm water. After a day's rest, people who do not do heavy work can start work by using the hair band. It would be healthier for those with heavier work to rest for 3 days.

Will there be any scars after ear aesthetics?

The surgical incision for ear aesthetics is on the back of the auricle. This scar is not visible when the head is viewed from behind after ear aesthetics. However, it may appear with the ear pulled out. This scar gradually decreases in 6-12 months and becomes almost invisible.