Prominent ears is a very common disorder that develops at a young age mostly due to hyperplasia or aplasia of certain elements –helix, anthelix or concha – of the ears. Otoplasty is usually performed under local anaesthesia and the patient is only required to remain at the hospital for a few hours after surgery. The procedure also treats lobule reduction, addressing the effects of extended earring use or aging.</p><p> </p><p><strong>From what age onwards can prominent ears be corrected?</strong><br />ΑAs of the age of 7 a patient may be submitted to safe correction of this anatomical problem since the external ear has fully developed to a significant degree. When the procedure is performed during childhood, the psychological benefits for the young patient are significant.
How painful is this procedure and how long does surgery last?
The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthesia. It lasts about 1-2 hours and is absolutely painless for the patient.
Is the result of the surgery permanent?
If the stitches used for the formation of the cartilage are non-absorbable, then the surgery result is permanent.
When is the aesthetic result of the procedure visible?
The correction is visible, as soon as the surgical bandage is removed from the patient’s face, on the day following surgery. However, the final result will be evident after the oedema has fully subsided, i.e. approximately 1 month after surgery.
When is the result of this surgical procedure considered satisfactory?
The aesthetic result of this particular procedure is considered satisfactory when it appears so natural and the ears are no longer prominent but seem to be “attached” to the head and when no one is able to tell of the plastic surgeon’s intervention. An experienced plastic surgeon will always keep a gallery that will demonstrate the quality of his work.