Prof. Dr.

Otapostasis, Ear Aesthetics

The most common congenital deformity in the head and neck region is otapostasis. Prominent ear deformity can lead to emotional and behavioral problems in children, as well as being an aesthetic problem.

For Which Patients Can Ear Aesthetics Be Performed?

Around the age of 5, when the prominent ear completes its first stage of development, is the ideal time for surgery. From school-age children to adults, every individual who does not have any health problems that prevents surgery is a suitable candidate for prominent ear aesthetics.

How Is Prominent Ear Surgery Performed?

Age is an important criterion in prominent ear operations performed under general anesthesia, local anesthesia or sedation. Generally, otoplasty surgeries for young children are performed under general anesthesia. There are many approaches and techniques during surgery.

Procedures such as shaping cartilage with the help of seams or resorting to various attenuation methods are used to allow cartilage to take shape comfortably. For some patients, it may be preferable to remove the cartilage at a certain level.

How Long Does Prominent Ear Surgery Take?

The duration of the operation varies between 1-2 hours on average. The technique and the condition of the case are criteria that can change the duration of the operation.

What Kind Of Situation Are Encountered After Prominent Ear Surgery?

•After the operation, the patient does not encounter any serious health problems. There is little to no pain. In a possible situation, it is possible to intervene with simple painkillers.
• The ears are wrapped in a bandage to maintain their shape after surgery.
• During the first month after the surgery, it is recommended that patients use the headband as directed by the physician.
• Complete healing of the tissues is completed in an average of two months.
• In the full recovery period, the patient should protect the auricle from trauma and impacts for six months. This is especially important for sutured surgeries.

Is Prominent Ear Surgery Risky?

In some patients, the risk of hematoma formation (blood collection in the area where the surgery was performed) may be seen after the operation. Another risky situation is infection. However, in both problems, patients can be treated and their general health conditions can be controlled.

Asymmetry in the ears and recurrence of prominent ear appearance is a rare condition that can be encountered in some patients after surgery. Although it is unlikely to be encountered with the right techniques and evaluations, the procedural skill of the physician is a criterion to be considered in otoplasty surgeries. In such cases, the operation may need to be renewed.