The ear constitutes only a small portion of the total body surface area, but it is probably one of the most complicated and sophisticated morphological structures of the body. Everyone has slightly different ears, and even the ears of one person may differ in the size, shape and position.
Protruding ears are one of the most common congenital head and neck deformities. It is supposed that about 5% of people have prominent ears. If the angle at which the ear protrudes from the side of the head is greater than 40% and the greatest linear distance between the external ear and the temporal region of the skull is more than 2 cm, the ear is considered to be clinically “prominent”.
This congenital deformity is caused by the underdeveloped upper part of the pinna, excess cartilage of the middle portion of the pinna or protrusion of the lobule, i.e., lower part of the auricle. The surgeon will evaluate the patient’s condition, examine the ears, measure their shape, size and asymmetry. First comes the psychological factor. Your surgeon will evaluate and assess the scope of correction required and recommend the most effective technique.
It is no wonder how awful a child with too prominent ears can feel. The fear of being negatively commented on, pocked fun at, as well as the inferiority complex and shame will haunt him every time he socialises. Such children are the victims of cruel nicknames like “Lop Ear”. The ear fixing by plasters or a cap wearing in the early childhood cannot eliminate this deformity. The only treatment method is prominent ear surgery.
Most surgeons recommend surgery no earlier than 5-6 years old when ear growth is almost complete. So, even if parents notice the problem while the child is an infant, it is best to wait. Ear surgery on adults is also possible.
Otoplasty was first described in 1881 and now there are over 170 different techniques and modifications.
If the child is young, the surgery is performed under a general anesthetic which will make you sleep through the entire operation. For older children or adults, otoplasty may be performed under a local anesthetic which numbs the area around the ears. Ear correction takes approximately 45 minutes. Following treatment for prominent ears you will be given an elastic bandage to wear it night and day. Later you only need to wear the bandage during the night.
This surgery may be done at all seasons of the year – whether it is hot summer or cold winter, ears heal equally well. Ears are commonly corrected before the child starts school or during the summer months when children are out of school.
Professionally performed surgery and closely following your surgeon’s instructions on follow-up care are the keys to successful results. Postoperative complications are rare and minor.
Plastic surgery can help get rid of distressing complexes persistent for many years. Protruding ears can be a source of embarrassment for children and adults alike. Ear plastic surgery is also an excellent option for adults suffering from large, protruding ears for a long time or trying to hide them with long hair. Ear surgery is a relatively simple but effective procedure. It can help to enhance the appearance and get rid of an inferiority complex.
Consultations and surgical procedures are performed by Dr. D. Radzevičius.
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