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    While the ear is aesthetically reshaped with otoplasty, the psychological effects experienced by the person due to this issue are also eliminated.

     

    Otoplasty

    A flap ear is a feature that people have from birth to a considerable extent. In some cases, there may also be ear deformities after traumas that are not congenital but also experienced.

    This feature can cause discomfort in society as people grow older. From childhood, people, even if they do not experience any pain due to their flap ears, may begin to be psychologically affected by adverse situations, such as being teased by their peers, especially at school age. Although s/he is not exposed to any negative comments from around her, a person may want to change this situation because of the posture of their ears on their own.

    First of all, it should be noted that the flapping ear is not a disease-indicating feature but only a form of the ear in which people may feel discomfort in terms of aesthetic appearance. People who are uncomfortable with the appearance of flap ears complain about the rhetoric of people who make a mockery of this situation around them, about not being able to collect their hair or use it the way they want to so as not to expose their ears.

     This ear shape can be corrected with a single operation.

    In the case of a flapping ear caused by the absence of a fold that should be at the top of the ear, there is a wider angle between the back of the ear and the skull than in its normal position. With otoplasty, this angle is pulled to the point where it should be, and the ear image is corrected.

     

    At what age is otoplasty performed?

    The growth of the ear stops from the age of 6. For this reason, this operation can be performed at the request of families from the age of 6.

     

    How is otoplasty performed?

    It can be performed with local or general anaesthesia. In very young children, general anaesthesia is preferred. It can also be performed with local anaesthesia in older patients. Otoplasty takes about an hour.

    It is entered through the back of the ear to form a fold that should be in the ear cartilage. This fold is the one that allows the ear to stand at an angle closer to the skull. When creating this fold, stitches are applied at the point entered behind the ear.

    In ear deformities that occur after trauma, ear shaping can be done with cartilage taken from the patient’s body.

    Since these sutures are permanent and robust, they also retain their presence after the operation. About an hour of surgery is enough for all these procedures. It is also worth noting that flap ear surgery does not cause any problems with hearing the ear.

     

    After Otoplasty

    After the operation, it is asked to use a tennis headband for about a week (day and night) to shape the ears while maintaining the permanence of the new posture. In addition to shaping, the use of a tennis headband is also beneficial in reducing pain and preventing undesirable conditions such as bleeding and edema. The use of the tennis headband begins with the opening of the first dressing on the day after the operation. Because self-melting sutures are used in the process, patients who need to travel can make their journey even 2-to three days after the procedure.

     

    Are There Any Scars Left After Otoplasty?

    Otoplasty operation is an operation performed behind the ear. Since the scar of the postoperative incision made at the junction of the ear with the head remains on the ear fold, there is no visible scar left.

    Is there asymmetry after otoplasty?

    Each organ located in pairs in the natural structure of the human body can differ from each other, albeit in a small way. After the scoop ear surgery, patients may also experience small asymmetries found in the body. Over time, these details will disappear, and the ears will take their final shape.

     

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