Prominent, protruding ears, or the so-called “Bat ears”, is an abnormality of the external ear that can sometimes be hidden by a creative hair style.
Children with protruding ears can easily become the subject of ridicule by their peers which can lead to serious body image problems, or in extreme cases, psychological problems.
Otoplasty, a procedure to correct ear abnormalities, is one of the most popular procedures performed on children, typically between the ages of four and fourteen. This procedure can correct any issues relating to ear shape and projection, but does not affect ear function.
Although it is preferable to perform otoplasty on children because the cartilage is more pliable, adults can also have the procedure performed with similar success.
You are a Good Candidates For Otoplasty if:-
- The cartilage in the ear is fully developed, usually around age five to six.
- You are self conscious about the size and/or shape of your ears.
- Your ears are not symmetrical.
- You are in good health.
- You have realistic expectations.
Ear surgery is commonly performed under general anesthesia for children and local anesthesia for adults. The standard otoplasty procedure brings the ears closer to the head. Otoplasty begins with an incision hidden in the crease behind the ear. This incision allows the cartilage located behind the ears to be reshaped in order to position them closer to the head. The procedure takes approximately one to two hours, depending upon the extent of surgery.
There are various surgical techniques involved in correcting irregularities other than protruding ears. These techniques can be discussed with your plastic surgeon during the initial consultation.
After the surgery, patients are required to wear a head dressing for about five days. Following the removal of the head dressing a head band is worn at night for about a month. Minimal discomfort can be expected following the procedure, which can be controlled with medications prescribed by your plastic surgeon. Refraining from sleeping on the ears is required and patients are advised to use a very soft pillow. Showering and shampooing may begin after a few days. Expect two to three days of recovery before normal activities can be performed.