In children, the condition is recommended to take place before starting school, around the age of 6 years, to avoid possible negative impact on their psychology. The auricle is fully shaped at birth and achieves a nearly adult size by age of 5 or 6 years.
However, the correction of prominent ears is quite common and indicated for adult men and women, to correct an aesthetic “disadvantage” and significantly improve the person’s appearance. Otoplasty or ear surgery aims at lifting the ear auricles back to their normal position.
Otoplasty is also performed in case of aplasia of the pinna (agenesis of the ear), i.e., where there is complete or partial lack of auricle (pinna). Moreover another common disorder is the “bifid earlobe” which is mostly observed in women who wear heavy earrings and have torn their earlobe. The correction is performed under local anaesthesia with excellent results.
Prominent ears of normal-size. In this case an incision is made on the back of the ear and through that incision the surgeon forms the skeleton of the external ear consisting of the cartilage. Then the auricle is affixed with absorbable sutures on the mastoid periosteum.
Otoplasty is a relatively painless procedure, with permanent results. Patients may return home on the same day after the operation. The aesthetic results of otoplasty are excellent; they significantly improve the person’s appearance and boost his/her self-confidence and psychology.
Pain is subjective. Some might experience intense pain, while others experience no pain at all after the procedure. In any case, pain is tolerable and treated with common painkillers such as Depon or Ponstan (but not aspirin).
The exterior stitches (intradermal sutures) will be removed on the 15th day and patients are advised to wear an elastic dressing – headband when they sleep so as to avoid potential injury. The headband should be worn for about a month.
The procedure leaves no scars or marks, the patient is even able to return to work the day after the procedure and the result is permanent.
At Cosmetic Derma Medicine otoplasty is a routine procedure for the plastic surgeons. In most cases we use local anesthesia, and complications are practically zero.