What is prominent ear?
Prominent ear has some components. These are congenital ear anomalies characterized by over-developed concha (hollow part next to the ear canal), widened angle of the ear to the head, lack of fold, etc. The occurrence of one or more of these components is called prominent ear deformity.
Who is a candidate for the surgery?
This operation can be performed on all patients aged over 5 years with prominent ear deformity who do not have a condition preventing surgery. It is recommended that patients undergo surgery at a young age. Better results could be achieved this way as children’s ear cartilage is softer and easier to remould compared to adults. It also eliminates the possibility of peer bullying in school-age children and the child getting depressed consequently.
How is the procedure performed?
Surgery can be performed under general anaesthesia in children, and general or local anaesthesia in adults, depending on the case. Incision is made behind the ear and there is no incision at the front. Therefore, there is no possibility of causing any visible scars on the ear. Various correction techniques are applied according to the characteristics of the patient’s deformity. A series of procedures are carried out such as removal of cartilage from patients with large conchas, correction of angles and weakening of cartilage to create the missing folds, and various stitching methods.
What to expect after the surgery?
Patients are often discharged on the same day or the following day. Pain is not expected in the postoperative period. A loosely tied head-band is used for 3-4 weeks to keep the ears in their new position. Patients can shower on the third day. They often return to their daily lives within two to three days.