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. Prominent ears may occur in all ages, in men, in women and in children. Those who have prominent ears or another kind of dysmorphia in their ears, usually feel disadvantageous, suffer and try to cover up their aesthetic imperfection.
Otoplasty is intended to correct prominent ears, which are the more than normal from the head protruding ears. It is the most common otoplasty surgery.
This anatomical defect can be safely treated as of the age of 7, when the outer part of the ear is almost fully developed. When the procedure is performed during childhood, the psychological benefits are significant for the young patient’s self-esteem.
Otoplasty is usually performed with local anesthesia and lasts about 1-2 hours. The result is visible as soon as the surgical dressing around the patient’s face is removed, i.e., on the day after surgery. However, the final result can be seen when the edema fully subsides, i.e. about 1 month after surgery.
The aesthetic effect remains unchanged for life and the ears never change position or size, as long as the surgery is done by an experienced plastic surgeon.