At what age is ear correction surgery performed?

At the age of 5 to 6 years, 80% of ear development is complete. For this reason, unlike other aesthetic interventions from the age of 6, i.e. before school starts. In this way, the child never encounters any psychological problems they may have during school due to deformed ears. In addition, ear aesthetic surgery can be performed at any age from 5 years.

What are sail ears?

It is one of the developmental abnormalities of the auricle. It can simply be defined as an enlargement of the ear angle with the head or that the ear is developed far away from the head. This degree of angle can be low, but also high. The cause of conspicuous ear abnormalities are changes in the ear cartilage, excessive depth of the shell (outer ear cavity), anti-helical folds and anti-helical crusts, and the fading of the scales can cause the abnormality. Depending on the severity of the anomaly, one or more of these reasons can occur together. When planning a prominent ear aesthetic operation, it is necessary to correctly determine the cause and to intervene for the cause.

How is ear correction carried out?

Ear correction is carried out from the age of 6. Ear correction can be performed in children under general anesthesia and in children over 10 years under local anesthesia. The patient does not feel any pain during the ear correction operation. The above-mentioned aesthetic procedures can take about 1.5 to 2 hours. During the ear correction surgery, the cartilage tissue of the auricle is opened with a cut behind the ear. If the concha depth is too high, enough cartilage is removed from the concha. To ensure that the back of the ear cup bends backwards, the cartilage file is thinned at the appropriate places and the cartilage, remaining sutures are made at the required places to bring the ear to its normal angle. The suture is behind the ear and the patient can return home the same day.

What should be considered after ear correction?

The patient’s head gets stuck in the bandage for a week, and the headband over the ears should be worn the next week. For the first 10 days, the patient should not lie on the ears and with two pillows under the head.

What is microtia (small ear, lack of ear)?

It is a problem when part of the congenital ear is missing or in an insufficient shape. The surgery usually starts at the age of 5. In the first operation, the cartilage taken from the rib is shaped as an ear skeleton and buried under the skin in the temple area. In the second operation, the earlobe is turned and brought into its normal position. In the third session, the skin to be eared and the previously buried cartilage are removed and the patches on the back are transferred. After these basic operations, some corrective surgery may also be required.

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