Synonyms: Otoplasty , Protruding ear, Prominent ear
Esthetic surgery of the ears, in most cases, deals with solving the issue of prominent or protruding ears, by bringing the ears closer to your head.
Estheticaly speaking, ears can be corrected size and position-wise, or they can be completely remodeled in cases of congenital deformities or severe trauma.
Children suffering in social terms, from peer teasing. Children of parents who think that prominence of the ears significantly disrupts the appearance of their child. Children between the ages 4 and 14 are in the best period for resolving prominent ears. This procedure can be done in any period of life, not only in childhood, but it is the time when people decide more easily.
What needs to be known before deciding on the procedure?
Since there are two possible solutions for solving prominence of the ears, with or without remodeling of the cartilage of the ear, You should know that if the procedure is done without remodeling, the ears get much closer to your head, and may seem larger than they did and even more unnatural.
What does the procedure look like?
The skin gets separated from the cartilage on the back of the ear, then the cartilage gets remodeled so it mimics the correct anatomy of the ear. Afterwards, the cartilage gets fixated nearer to the head. Finally, excess skin is removed and sutures are placed.
General anesthesia is always applied on children.
Local anesthesia can be used on any grown up.
After the procedure, ears get fixated to the head with bandages which are removed 3 to 5 days after.
Sutures are removed between days 7 and 14.
There may be swelling and bruising present in the operated region immediately after the procedure.
A sensation of numbness is reported by patients after 3 weeks of the surgery, when the swelling subsides, it may last for a couple months.
Care and treatment after the intervention?
There are no special care and treatment requests after this procedure. Until the sutures are removed, all the care is performed by our staff.
Possible post op complications
Bleeding, haematoma, infection are possible after this procedure. All of them are easily fixable without endangering the outcome of the procedure.
Fixing prominent ears (with cartilage remodeling) is a once-in-a-lifetime procedure, it doesn’t have to be repeated, it’s permanent.
In cases without cartilage remodeling, prominence may come back to some extent.
Results are visible immediately after removing the bandages.
Experience at ORS Plastic Surgery
This procedure is not as simple as it seems, the position of the ear needs to be adjusted (bringing the ear closer to the head), but there are a lot of smaller, esthetic and functional matters to not overlook. Glasses need to be considered, earrings, shape of the ear, bumps, dents, curves. Thus, this is one of the most demanding, but also one of the most inventive procedures for an esthetic surgeon.
The period of immobilization is shortened to 3 to 5 days, thanks to our improved technique of remodeling and fixating the cartilage.
Frequently asked questions
How long does the procedure last?
The procedure takes about an hour.
Downtime is usually from 7 to 10 days.
How long is the hospital stay?
How long is the hospital stay?
Is there a best period of the year for this procedure?
Summer break is most suitable for children, any time of the year is fine otherwise.
Does it hurt after the intervention?