Prominent Ear (Otoplasty)

Prominent ear surgeries performed to change the position, shape, or size of the ears are generally preferred for aesthetic purposes. Although it can be applied at any age, it is recommended to perform this procedure after the age of 5-6, when the ears begin to reach adult size.
Prominent ear surgeries may be preferred if the ear or ears are farther from the head, if the ears are disproportionately large compared to the head, or if there is dissatisfaction with ear surgery.

Otoplasty operations can be performed on both ears to ensure symmetry.

  • Is Prominent Ear a Disease?

The prominent ear is among the congenital ear deformities. Among the congenital ear deformities divided into five classes, the most common is the prominent ear. Therefore, the prominent ear is a congenital anomaly.

  • Does Prominent Ear Cause Different Problems?

Prominent ear anomaly does not affect hearing or cause different ear problems. However, during childhood, these children may be exposed to "mocking" because of their physical appearance. This situation can cause children to be affected psychologically.

  • To Whom Is Prominent Ear Aesthetic Surgery Applied?

It would be appropriate to perform prominent ear aesthetic surgeries, which are defined as otoplasty, especially in the pre-school period (ages 5-6). After this age, the ear reaches 80 percent of its adult size. At the same time, exposure of children to psychological trauma can also be prevented. However, these surgeries can be performed at any age for anyone with a prominent ear appearance.

  • Is There a Season for Prominent Ear Aesthetic Surgery?

There is no special season for prominent ear surgeries. Bandages can be used after the surgery according to the physician's preference, and depending on the bandage use, the patient can make a seasonal preference.

  • How is Prominent Ear Surgery Performed and How Many Hours Does It Take?

Prominent ear surgeries are performed under regional (local anesthesia) or general anesthesia, depending on the age and desire of the patient. In the classical method, after removing some skin from behind the ear, cartilage shaping can be achieved with stitches. Different techniques can be used according to the preference of the physician and the needs of the patient. Prominent ear surgeries can be completed in about 1-2 hours.

  • Does Asymmetry Occur After Prominent Ear Surgery?

The right and left halves of the human body may not be completely symmetrical and minor differences may exist. The patient can notice minimal asymmetries, especially as the expected increases after prominent ear surgeries and the time spent in front of the mirror increases. However, these asymmetries are at a level that cannot be noticed by other people in the social environment. Ears may appear attached in the early postoperative period. Over time, it takes an ideal appearance with minimal angulations. Recurrence rarely develops in these individuals.

  • Will There Be a Scar After Prominent Ear Surgery?

Although there is a scar in the groove behind the ear after the surgery, this scar is not visible.

  • Will There Be a Hearing Loss After Prominent Ear Surgery?

Since prominent ear surgeries do not affect hearing, there is no hearing loss.

  • What Are the Points to Consider After Prominent Ear Surgery?

Bandages are used for protection and support after the surgery. For this reason, it is extremely important to follow the wound care and bandage recommendations specified by the physician. In addition, it is necessary to stay away from products such as cigarettes after surgery, as they will affect wound healing. It will be beneficial to avoid lying on the sides in order not to put pressure on the ears, and to wear shirts with loose collars or buttons. Your physician will inform you about other precautions to be taken in daily life, such as taking a bath after the surgery.

  • How Long Does It Take to Complete the Recovery Process After Prominent Ear Surgery?

Rest may be required for 1 to 3 days after surgery. Afterward, it is possible to return to school or work life. It is normal to have swelling after surgery. This situation will regress rapidly in about 3 weeks and the ear will take its final shape after about 6 months.


21 February 2023