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Prominent Ear Surgery

Prominent Ear Surgery

Prominent ear is a deformity that disrupts the aesthetic appearance of ears. Some people have weaker ear cartilage, which causes inadequate formation of the folds and ears bending forward or sideways. This situation is called prominent ear deformity. Prominent ear problem is usually a genetic deformity that transmits from the family background. Prominent ear becomes noticeable in children from the age of six.

What is prominent ear deformity?

Ears congenitally extending from the skull at a wide angle unilaterally or bilaterally and having no folds is called prominent ear deformity. Congenital ear abnormalities are common and prominent ear deformity is the most common one. When it is mentioned about prominent ears among the people, it is usually considered as having large ears. In fact, the size of a prominent ear is the same with the size of a normal ear. The problem is only about the shape of ear cartilages. Ear cartilage folds have not been developed in these peoples on one ear or both.

The angle between the ear and the skull may be wider than normal. This causes the ear to look protruding outwards. The folds that should normally be present in upper half of the ear have not been developed and the ear appears straight.

Prominent Ear

The protruding position of auricle is popularly known as prominent ear. It can be seen both in women and men; and it starts to disturb people from childhood. Therefore, early intervention is important to raise individuals with high self-confidence. Their physical appearance is extremely important for people. It is desired to have an aesthetic appearance, particularly in the ears which determine the face shape. In the presence of deformities, prominent ear surgery can be performed.  It is possible to get rid of prominent ear appearance thanks to this operation that lasts for about one-two hours.

Causes of Prominent Ear

Genetic factors are in the first place among the causes of prominent ear. Moreover, lying in wrong positions or traumas in infancy may cause deformities in auricle. However, the cause in most of the prominent ear cases is genetic transition. If there is someone with large or prominent ear in the family, it is a risk factor for the child.


What Problems Does Prominent Ear Cause?

Having prominent ears is an important problem since childhood. It may be ignored in some people as the problem is milder. If it is not disturbing the person and not affecting their lives negatively, there is not a problem. They may continue to live this way. However, if their social lives are negatively affected by prominent ears and they lose self-confidence, it means that an aesthetic intervention is necessary.

Some aesthetic interventions are a necessity for these people to continue their normal lives. Shortly, prominent ear surgery may be inevitable to prevent deterioration of life quality. In this case, it would be the best to benefit from this aesthetic intervention in preschool period instead of postponing the operation.

How Is the Surgery Performed?

There are several techniques to be used in ear surgery and all of them have the same goal. Even though the preferred techniques are different, the most important factor affecting the success is the experience of the physician and the deformation degree of ear. Incision site varies depending on the surgeon’s choice. Sometimes it is made right behind the ear and sometimes made on the front side. If the incision made behind the ear, it becomes easier to hide operation scar. Most of the patients applying for prominent ear operation complain of having less ear folds than normal. Namely, the angle between the ear and scalp is normal. In these patients, “modified kaye” method can be used. With this method, the patient does not have incision scars on the skin surface, only needle holes are opened. The procedure is performed through these holes.

At what ages should prominent ear surgery be performed?

The ear usually completes it development at the age of six and reaches adult size. In order to prevent psychological traumas, it is recommended to perform aesthetic ear surgeries to correct ear deformities especially during preschool period. Prominent ear surgery can be performed at any age.

Recovery period after prominent ear surgery

After prominent ear surgery, a bandage is applied to create pressure on both ears. You may feel some pain on the first day after the surgery. After bandages are removed, patients are recommended to use a tennis band or a hair band to cover their ears. Patients may have a mild swelling and redness in their ears for 3 to 5 days after the surgery but it is a temporary condition and recovers completely. Aesthetic ear surgeries create satisfying conclusions both for the patient and the surgeon as it does not leave any scar and the recovery period is short. It should be continued to use bandages for 4-6 weeks. During this period, such sports as volleyball, wrestling, etc. that can harm the ear should be avoided. After this surgery, you can show your ears as you wish and tie your hair up comfortably. You can continue your social life with confidence without shying away from anything. You can look yourself in the mirror as you wish without worrying about whether your ears open again with the cartilage-shaping approach and continue to live your life at peace with yourself.