Correction of Prominent Ears
CORRECTION OF PROMINENT EARS
The problem of prominent ears is caused by two main factors. First, the ear lobe sticks out too far from the head. Secondly, cartilage fold (antihelix) is absent. These factors may exist together or separately.
Generally, prominent ears become a problem in childhood due to teasing or name calling, which may have a negative effect on the child’s self-confidence. Unlike other organs of the body, the ear reaches adult size around the age of 6. Hence, it is possible to correct the deformities and aesthetic problems of the ear by the age of 6.
This surgery involves bringing the ear lobe closer to the head by shaping the skin and cartilage behind the ear. First, the surgeon makes incisions hidden behind the ear, and then removes excess skin and cartilage. Then s/he increases the fold of the ear to make it look more oblique, and finally secures the final shape with sutures. This surgery is performed under local anaesthesia for adults and adolescents while children may have this surgery under general anaesthesia and operating room conditions.
After the surgery, the patients should use bandage for 2-3 weeks.
There is no need for removing sutures, which are absorbable. The pain experienced is minimal. Patients can return to their normal daily activities after a few days of rest.
Rarely, complications such as infection, healing with a swollen scar (hypertrophic scar), blood accumulation under the skin (hematoma) and recurrence of the ear deformity may occur.