Summer vacation is the right time to get rid of the cute little flaws of the children and the prominent ear problem… Otorhinolaryngology Specialist Associate Prof.Dr.Yavuz Selim Yıldırım gave information about the subject.
Prominent ear can be defined as the forward curling of the ear folds with the absence of development. It can cause social problems, especially in children in the educational age. Children can judge each other by their appearance, clothes, speech and eating and drinking. Children with prominent ears may be cruelly teased by other children, causing serious social and mental problems. Girls can hide their prominent ears with their hair, but boys may experience more psychological problems because they do not have this opportunity. If families observe such a problem in their children, it is possible to get rid of this problem very easily.
Prominent ear surgery can be performed at any age after the age of six, when ear development is completed. The operation can be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia. It takes about 1 hour. It is performed without leaving a trace behind the ear. In order to prevent it from being restored after the operation, non-melting and invisible suture threads suitable for the skin color are used. It is possible to fix the prominent ear with thread in a short time without incision and bleeding. Fixing with thread can cause tension and pain in the seams in the long run.
If the ear structure is very large, it can be reduced a little, and the appearance of both ears is equalized to each other. Since it is made behind the ear, no traces are left in the front view.
After the operation, the ear is covered with a bandage for 2-3 days. If there is pain during this period, painkillers can be given. Swelling and bleeding are controlled. Prominent ear surgery does not have any negative effects on hearing. There may be pain when lying on the ear for a week to ten days. It is recommended to sleep on your back.
It is not necessary to take stitches as self-dissolving stitches will be used. It is beneficial to use an ear bandage for two weeks after the operation. The recovery is very fast, the results are permanent, and the patient and their family are happy after the operation, as it significantly changes the appearance. It is recommended for children to do it in the summer months and before the schools start. The child, whose body perception improves, adapts to his social environment faster and his self-confidence is reinforced.