Prominent ear, as known as bat ears, is a widely seen problem. It is not a medical disorder as it does not affect anything related to function of the body, but it has a negative effect on the appearance that people want to have.
Thanks to the latest advances, Prominent Ear surgery, as known as Otoplasty, has become a very easy and successful procedure.
What is Prominent Ear?
Bat ears problem is the most common deformity in the ear, which is usually caused by lack of the cartilage in the ear area. In this case the ear has a more elasticy form and it tends to be upturned or widely folded. Generally, it is seen in both ears, but some people may have only one prominent ear. Although people with long hair are able to hide it, those who keep their hair short can only deal with it with an intervention.
How is Otoplasty surgery performed?
In the past, bat ears used to be a big problem as there was no easy solution for it, but now in the day it has become rather easy procedure to fix it. It is a simple procedure to perform without any possibility of serious complications, yet it needs to be performed by an expert surgeon. It is performed either under general or local anesthesia depending on the patient’s condition and surgeon’s experience. It takes approximately 45-90 minutes. Depending on the condition of the ear, it can be performed in the frontal side or back side of the ear. After the procedure, patient will have special bandages on his/her ears for 1 or 2 weeks. Most of the time the incisions are made in the posterior side of the ear, which means the patient is not left with any visible scars.
How is the healing process after an Otoplasty?
For those who would not like it to interrupt their daily life, Otoplasty surgery will not be a problem. It is a procedure that is performed in a short period of time and if the patient does not get anesthesia, he/she can be discharged directly on the day. The incisions made during the operation generally do not require any stitches and they heal in 1 to 2 weeks. Patient can take a shower 1 or 2 days after the procedure.