Otoplasty (prominent ears surgery) is performed in cases generally referred to as “prominent ear”. Prominent ear is a condition where the angle of the ear with the head is more pronounced than normal. Prominent ear deformity does not improve with age. Moreover, as the cartilages get harder and grow, their prominence increases. Therefore, it is recommended to perform otoplasty at an early age, especially in the preschool period (i.e. between 5 and 6 years of age), in order to prevent the children from feeling inadequate.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia in children and under local anesthesia in adults. For otoplasty, the surgical site is accessed through an incision made behind the ear, and then the ear cartilages are reshaped. The surgical procedure takes about 2 to 2.5 hours. The patient is discharged the same day or the next day after surgery. After surgery, special bandages are applied for a period of 1 to 1.5 months. Otoplasty operations leave a scar even if it is barely noticeable. However, the surgical scar remains behind the ear, in an area out of sight.