The most frequent imperfection of the ears is due to their position, more or less detached from the head, which makes them prominent. This situation is evident from birth, and goes under the common name of “Flapping ” or “Protruding Ears”.
From what age is Otoplasty surgery possible?
In children it is possible to perform this surgical procedure since pre-school age, since the ears have compleated most of their growth by the age of five. The early correction of the defect can help the child in facing the school environment. Often people with this problem request surgery after cutting their hair and noticing how much their ears protrude.
How to correct the “Protruding Ears”?
“Otoplasty”, repositions protruding ears placing them closer to the head thus giving a more natural look. The operation also recreates the normal folds of the cartilage on the ear and maintains the retroauricular groove where the eyeglasses can rest.
In adults and young people over 13-14 years of age, this operation can be performed under local anesthesia, as an outpatient without admission, but in children general anesthesia is preferable.
The defect is essentially linked to an anomaly in the shape and position of the cartilage that acts as a scaffolding to the ear, so the corrective action is carried out by reshaping the ear, in order to give it a correct and more harmonious appearance. As a rule, at the end of the operation the cartilage of the ear in its new shape is stabilized by using internal stitches that are spontaneously reabsorbed and which, therefore, do not need to be removed. The skin incision, which is made to access the cartilage of the auricle to be remodeled, remains concealed in the retroauricular furrow. This scar is not visible even immediately after surgery. Otoplasty does not require cutting the surrounding hair and allows the patient to resume daily activities as the following day. The result is appreciable immediately and further improves after a few weeks.
Is it possible to modify the shape of the auricle as well as the protrusion?
Besides the so-called “protruding ears” there is whole range of other aesthetic defects that can be surgically corrected, among which the anomalous folding of the upper portion of the ear (lop ear), the loss of the fold or the margin in the upper part (shell-shaped ears), and the deformities of the earlobe etc.
It is therefore advisable to discuss with the surgeon the possibilities and strategies suitable for each specific case.