Ear Correction. Ears should hear, not stick out. Many school children and adults suffer from protruding ears, the most common ear deformity. Usually the reason for prominent ears, visible from the front, is the so-called anthelix fold. This is usually either too little, or not folded, thus resulting in a protruding ear. Another common reason for protruding ears is large conches.
If the anthelix fold is either too weak, or is missing altogether, the goal of the operation is to reshape it. This is done through the targeted weakening of the cartilage with a fine diamond bur. The cartilage is then shaped into the desired curvature and fixed in position with fine stitches. The scars on the ear edges are almost invisible.
To achieve a satisfactory result in more pronounced forms and cases of enlarged ear cartilage, an elliptical segment will be removed through a small incision in the back of the ear. It is then possible to pivot the ear towards the back of the head. Finally, the external ear is fixed in place with stitches.
As early as age 6, the ear is already 85% of its final size. Because of this, one can operate on children as they enter elementary school, at the very beginning of this problem. Therefore children can completely avoid being teased by their classmates.
For children, the 1-2 hour surgery should be performed under a short general aesthetic. Adults can certainly be operated on under local anaesthesia on the ears. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, or an inpatient overnight stay, with a check up on the following morning. A certain tenderness and swelling of the ears is normal after such a surgery, and will go again after a few days.
In any case, a head bandage should be worn for 2-3 days, followed by a plaster bandage with sufficient headband. This should be worn day and night for 2-3 weeks, to avoid twisting of the newly formed ear until healing is final.
For every operation:
Do not take blood thinning drugs such as aspirin, ASS, Plavix, Warfarin etc, 14 days before the elective surgery!
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