What is Prominent Ear Aesthetics (Otoplasty)?

Prominent ear is the most common ear deformity. It is mostly caused by the laxity of the cartilages in the ear region or insufficient ear folds. The ear which has a loose structure for these reasons bends forward or sideways, causing an unpleasant image. It is usually seen in both ears, but in rare cases only one ear may look like prominent ear.

Prominent ear definitely requires intervention for any psychological problems it may cause and can be easily corrected with a simple operation by the courtesy of modern medicine’s facilities.

What is the anatomical problem in prominent ear?

Prominent ear appearance is caused by three anatomical deformities:

  1. Underdeveloped ear fold
  2. Deep concha
  3. Protruding earlobe

The severity of each of these deformities can be different in every patient. Surgery is aimed at correcting these deformities.

How is prominent ear surgery performed?

Otoplasty is performed under local anesthesia in adult individuals, and under general anesthesia in children and patients who cannot undergo local anesthesia.

During the operation, an incision is made on the back of the ear, cartilage is thinned with a file and the incision is then sutured.

Since the sutures in the ear will remain in the back, they are unnoticeable when looked at from the front.

The Process Before Prominent Ear Surgery

This first examination day is the best time to learn about the benefits of prominent ear surgery and the possible risks of the operation.

  • Aspirin use should be discontinued at least two weeks before surgery for all patients. Stopping of smoking and tobacco use is also strongly recommended by physicians.
  • If there will be lost work or school preparations, it would be useful to direct a person to deal with these situations.
  • Patients who will undergo general anesthesia on the day before the operation should not eat or drink fluids the night and morning before the operation. The dinner before the operation should be very light. However, someone should be organized to bring you home from the hospital and assist with first night care.

After The Prominent Ear Surgery (Aesthetics)

After cosmetic ear surgery, you’ll wear a not-too-tight hair band that entirely covers the ear and continuously wear it for about 3 weeks. This reduces the load on the stitches holding the cartilage, which wants to return to its original state. Cartilage hardens and heals in its new position. Another function of the hair band is to reduce edema in the first few days after prominent ear surgery and ensure that the swelling subsides quicker.

Loss of sensation in the ear may last for a few weeks, which is normal. In that period, avoid hair drying and blow drying.

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