Ear aesthetics, or otoplasty as it is called in medicine, is not only used for people with protruding ears, even though it is actually called ear aesthetics. Anyone who is not satisfied with the shape or size of their ear is a suitable candidate for ear aesthetics. Individuals seeking ear aesthetics should first consult a professional physician, have the necessary tests performed, and work with their physician to select the proper procedural technique.
Ear aesthetics surgery usually takes 1 to 2 hours, depending on the technique. An incision is made behind the ears to shape the patient’s ear the way they want to see it. In some patients, cartilage removal may also be performed. The goal in all respects is to achieve a natural look.
Because the incisions and sutures are behind the ears, they are not visible, but slight scars may remain. Therefore, patients feel very comfortable in every way after the surgery. In the period of 10 days after the surgery, intermediate checks and bandages are applied. After 10 days, the patient’s stitches are removed, and it is recommended to sleep with an elastic bandage at night. But patients can return directly to their daily routine.
The age range of candidates for otoplasty is not 18 years as in normal aesthetic surgeries. People born with protruding ear problems can be operated on at the age of 5 at the earliest. The reason this is the most recommended age is because the age of 5 coincides exactly with the preschool years. Especially nowadays, children can cause feelings of shame by constantly making fun of other children’s appearance. Therefore, it is recommended to have surgery before entering a crowded environment such as school and before the ears grow more in later age.
What actually causes problems like protruding ears?
The only cause of all these problems is genetic transmission. For this reason, it is possible that all family members with protruding ears also have protruding ears. This deformity problem usually does not cause any problem other than aesthetic appearance. However, it is an aesthetic problem that must be avoided because it can have psychological effects in both children and adults. While people with long hair can cover their ears with their hair to some extent, this is not possible for people with short hair. Therefore, otoplasty should be preferred both in terms of avoiding fatigue and providing a definitive and permanent solution.
Otoplasty is also one of the low-risk surgeries. Therefore, it is quite safe. The only risk is hematoma or infection that may occur after the procedure. Both side effects can be easily overcome by using simple medications. There are no such risks in surgeries performed by a professional doctor in a hygienic environment.