Ear deformities can negatively affect social life and self-confidence.
The angle of the ears should be in accordance with the anatomical structure of the face. The goal of otoplasty surgery is to reveal the ideal ear shape by correcting the problems that cause ear deformities using various techniques.
When should otoplasty be performed?
The ideal timing of otoplasty is between the ages of 8-10 years when ear and cartilage development is substantially completed. However, when evaluated psychologically, children can be operated between the ages of 5-6 years just before starting school. Adults can also have the surgery. The surgical techniques may vary in adults as cartilage flexibility is lost.
The surgical process…
The surgery takes about an hour. Local or general anesthesia is preferred depending on the patient’s condition. If the surgery is performed under local anesthesia, the patient is discharged on the same day. If performed under general anesthesia, the patient is hospitalized for one night. After the surgery, the ears are closed with a special dressing. The next day the dressing is opened and an evaluation is carried out. Using a special bandage, the ears are closed for 24 hours in the first 2 weeks and then at night in the following 2 weeks. This bandage allows the edema and tenderness of the ears to be reduced rapidly and to protect the shaping sutures until the cartilage heals. Pain is not expected after the surgery. There may be slight pain, which can be relieved with simple painkillers. Patients may return to their daily routine activities at the end of the first week.
Routine follow-ups are planned as the first week, second week, first month, third month, sixth month and the first year.
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