Ear Aesthetics - Otoplasty
Op.Dr. Ömer Ekin - Aesthetic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
Otoplasty Ear Aesthetics
Scoop-ear deformity, an anatomical disorder, can become an obsession that causes children to be subjected to brutal ridicule during school time, to refrain from gathering their hair, and to affect their lifelong mental status and social relationships. There are three anatomical disorders leading to the appearance of the scoop ear; the ear fold is undeveloped, the bucket pit is deep, and the pinna remains separate from the head. Each of these three disorders can be of different severity in each patient.
Treatment is aimed at correcting these disorders. If the child or his / her family is very uncomfortable with the image, mocked by his / her friends, and these processions affect the child's mental state, surgery should be performed. Some children say that they are not affected, but their social relationships deteriorate and their school performance decreases. In such cases, the decision of surgery is taken together with the parents and a psychologist if deemed necessary. The ideal age for scoop ear surgeries is between 5-6 years. It is recommended to perform surgery before starting primary school so as not to affect the mental state of children. Performing surgery at an early age both prevents the child from being mentally injured and provides easier shaping of the soft cartilages.
The procedure is performed with both local and general anesthesia under operating room conditions. An incision is made behind the ears and a fold is formed with permanent sutures in the ear cartilage, and the scoop is sewn to the head with the help of sutures. The surgical procedure takes about 1 hour. After surgery, an elastic bandage is wound. Patients are usually sent home on the same day. The next day the bandage is released, the wounds are checked and the patient wears a tennis band covering his ears. From the second day, patients can take a bath. Tennis band should be used regularly for one month.