Many people who have the prominent (protruding) ear problem are not aesthetically pleased with this situation and are seeking to solve this issue. During their research, they face many questions about the prominent ear surgery, the answers for which we will be providing in this article. Frequently asked questions about prominent ear surgery;
The prominent (protruding) ear is an aesthetically disliked by many people situation, which is caused by the various reasons such as the angle between the ear and the head being larger than normal, the ear fold becomes flat or the big size of the top ear bowl (conchal bowl).
In most people with prominent ear problems, this condition is genetic. It occurs as a result of the genes coming from the mother and father which prevent or disrupt the development of the ear cartilage in the child. However, as a result of some situations such as traffic accident and trauma, the person may experience prominent ear problems.
The tapes cannot permanently change the structure of the prominent ear cartilage. However, in the case of a newborn and 3-month-old baby, bandages and molds used under the supervision of a doctor and in line with his recommendations can correct the prominent ear structure in infants.
Prominent ear surgery can be performed in individuals who have reached the age of 6. If your child has a prominent ear structure, having prominent ear surgery at an early age may be beneficial for your child’s psychology. Since, children can make such situations as a mockery. The psychology of children who are faced with this situation may be adversely affected.
5. How to get ready for the prominent ear surgery?
Before the prominent ear surgery, a number of examinations are performed for the patient under the control of the doctor. These include tests such as blood analysis, anesthesia control, physical examination, measurement and imaging. However, alcohol consumption should be stopped 2 weeks before prominent ear surgery, additionally smoking should be quitted at least 6 months before the surgery and never smoked after the surgery. Since smoking cigarettes negatively affects the healing process, and alcohol increases the risk of surgical bleeding.
Prominent ear surgeries can be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia. Assoc.Prof.Dr.Suleyman TAS utilizes the technique developed by himself called as “A New Way For Antihelixplasty In Prominent Ear Surgery: Modified Postauricular Fascial Flap” which was awarded on the competition organized by the Turkish Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery Association. Local anesthesia is used with this method, and general anesthesia for the children below 12 years old. After making a small incision behind the ear, the ear is leaned back with a modifed tissue called as a Flap. This way, potential problems such as stitch loosening or dehiscence that may occur later are prevented.
There are many advantages of the Flap technique developed by Assoc.Prof.Dr.Suleyman TAS with the purpose of prominent ear correction. Since the absorbable sutures are used, the stitches behind the patient’s ear cannot be detached or loosened even 1-2 years after the surgery. Since the ear is leaned back as much as it is necessary, the gap behind the ear doesn’t disappear completely. Swelling and bruises do not occur after surgery due to the fact that no intervention is required in the frontal part of the ear, and due to the splinting which is performed in the inner part of the ear. Due to the application of this technique with local anesthesia and being performed behind the ear, there is no scar in the ear after the operation. Since this technique does not cause any trauma in the ear, those who are operated can continue their daily lives the next day. Moreover, those who were subjected to a prominent ear operation with this technique were called for control in the 1st month, 6th month, 12th month and 2 years. As a result of the controls, no negative change occurred in the ear of any patient.
The duration of the prominent ear surgery lasts between 1-1.5 hours in average depending on the ear structure and the ear image it is expected to reach. Shortly after the operation, the patient can resume his/her daily activities.
Thanks to the anesthesia applied during the operation, pain is not felt for 10-12 hours after the ear surgery. However, the patient should use painkillers on the first day of the operation. Otherwise, may feel pain. However, in order to prevent possible pain, the patient should follow the doctor’s recommendations. These recommendations include suggestions such as not lying on the ear.
The patient is discharged on the day of the surgery. During the period recommended by the doctor, water should not contact the operated ear / ears and the painkiller recommended by the doctor should be used. Bandages should be worn first 3 days without taking them off, and 2 weeks only at nights. Afterwards, it is not necessary to wear any band like tennis player band. However, situations such as lying on the operated ear that may cause trauma in the ear should be avoided. If the doctor’s recommendations are followed, the patient can return to his normal life the day after the operation.
In all techniques that can be used for prominent ear surgery, certain problems may occur depending on the structure of the methods. These postoperative problems are basically divided into two as early period and late period. Problems that may arise in the early period include bleeding, blood collection, skin death, wound opening, infection. Problems that may arise in the late period include pain and tenderness when the ear is touched, distortion in the shape of the ear, scars left after the surgery, and stitches coming out after the prominent ear surgery.
The above potential problems, which may vary depending on the surgical technique used, are not seen in all patients. However, thanks to the awarded Flap Technique developed by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Suleyman TAS, a solution to the problems that can be seen in other methods was found. With this technique, which is increasingly used all over the world, the problems we have mentioned above do not occur in any period of the operations we have performed until today.
The stitches are removed within the first 7-10 days after the operation, whereas the patient can resume his daily activities on the next day of the surgery.
Prominent ear surgery price varies depending on many factors. These factors include variables such as your doctor’s professional success, the hospital where you will be operated, the type of the protruding ear, and age. To get more information about the price and book an appointment you may contact us via whatsapp number +90 543 456 36 93.