A large, prominent ear can have a detrimental effect on children’s and adolescents’ self-esteem. Cosmetic surgery on the large and prominent ear puts the ear in the right place near the head and reduces the size of the ear. Ear surgery can be performed on children as well as adults. In the case of ear surgery in children, the best time is 5 to 6 years old before the child enters school.
During ear surgery, an incision is made in the back of the ear and extra cartilage is removed. Then the rest of the cartilage is fixed in place with proper technique. In some patients, the cartilage of the ear will need to be rebuilt to achieve better results in terms of aesthetics. Surgical incision behind the patient’s ear completely disappears after restoration.
Duration of surgery
Ear surgery takes about an hour and a half to two hours.
General anesthesia is used for ear surgery in children and local anesthesia or induction of induction IV Sedation in adults.
Inpatient / outpatient status
There is usually no need for hospitalization after ear surgery.
Possible side effects
Swelling, redness, tingling, and numbness in the area of operation are temporary Possible side effects of ear surgery.
Possible complications of ear surgery include:
- Ear cartilage infection
- Excessive scar at the surgical incision site
- Ear recurrence
In case of recurrence, reoperation is required at least 6 months to one year after the initial surgery.
After ear surgery and dressing, it is recommended to use a headband to prevent ear damage. The stitches are usually removed within 7 to 10 days, after which, the patient is asked to use a headband for another two weeks to keep the ear in place. It is recommended that the patient wear a headband for a few weeks after the operation, especially during sleep, to prevent damage to the ear.
The results of ear surgery are usually permanent.