If the angle between the skull and the ear is more than normal, the ear becomes more pronounced. In addition, the ear folds are not enough can make the ear look bigger and more prominent. Having one or both of these conditions at the same time is called prominent ear deformity. The reason for the only plastic surgery performed under the age of 18 is for social and psychological purposes. Since human ear development is completed at the age of 6-7, it is often done at the beginning of primary school. Apart from that, there are patients who delay this for a long time and have this surgery in adult ages.
The structures that cause prominence in the ears are identified and information is given about the procedure.
If you have previous surgery, high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic diseases such as goiter, allergy to any medicine or food, you should definitely inform if you have medications you have to use. If you are smoking, you should quit before surgery, and you should not drink until the stitches heal afterwards.
Operation and Hospital Process
It can be performed under local anesthesia in adults and under general anesthesia in children. If you cannot tolerate local anesthesia, adults can also be operated under general anesthesia. The process takes an average of 1 hour. After the incision made behind the ear, correction is provided with transparent threads that do not melt between the cartilage. If necessary, correction is also made to reduce the angle between the ear and the skull. After removing the elliptical skin from the back of the ear, the stitch is sutured with the dissolving surgical thread. Since both the location of the seam and the wound healing area is good, the seam scar is not a cosmetic problem.
If it is to be performed under general anesthesia, preoperative examinations are prepared on the same day or 1 day before. You should not eat or drink anything 8 hours before the surgery. If the results are evaluated by the anesthesiologist and there is no obstacle, your surgery can be performed. The patient will not feel any pain during the procedure as it is performed under general anesthesia. The average operation time is 1 hour and the time spent in the operating room will be longer after the patient is put to sleep and awakened.
In the postoperative service, you will be given antibiotics and pain medication. You are discharged on the same day to be checked for inspection and to be called for a check-up on the 3rd day.
I recommend bandage application for 2 weeks after the procedure. The aim is to create supplementary compression to the seams in the ear area and to eliminate the risk of the ear being folded while sleeping.
Post-operative pain and return to work
You may feel mild pain in your ear area on the first day after surgery. Regular use of prescribed medications will reduce your pain. If working with bandages will not interfere with your work, you can return to work the next day.
Will there be reopening in the ears?
In scoop ear surgery, the result is related to the correct and secure seam. Although it is not a surgical problem, rarely some patients may develop a reaction to surgical sutures and cause relaxation. In this case, the ear shape is evaluated, if there is a distinction outside the anatomical limits, repetition may be required.
Does it have ear aesthetics without cutting?
If the prominence in the ear is too low in the skin structure to not form a fold after the procedure, correction can be made only by using thread from the skin without an incision. In this process, there is no incision on the skin, so no dressing is required.