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Correction of sticking out ears

Correction of sticking out ears is performed in children as well as in adults. The defect may be both unilateral and bilateral. Operation of sticking out ears in children under 10 years of age is covered by their public health insurance.

In addition to correction of sticking out ears adjustment of ear symmetry, size and other shape deformities may be performed.

Advantages of corrections of sticking out ears

  • The intervention is performed under local anaesthesia without the necessity of further hospitalisation in the clinic
  • The improved appearance and resolution of an often long trauma the clients report increased self-conscience and improved quality of life. The parents of the treated children report stopped teasing of their children due to their "big ears". The effect is permanent.

Ear surgery: your surgery

The intervention is always performed under local anaesthesia and takes about 1 hour. After that the client/patient can go home. Accompaniment is recommended and driving is inappropriate.

The principle of the intervention is drawing the ears closer to the head. This is achieved by modelling of the ear cartilage. After ear anaesthetisation with a thin needle an incision is made on the rear side of the ear. The cartilage is released and modelled with fine sections or honing to the required shape. Then the wound is sutured with absorbable suture that does not need to be removed. The resulting shape is supported with a couple of special modelling sutures and a compression bandage.

Correction of sticking out ears: recovery

Stay in bed and rest in the supine position with raised head until the next day. the special compression bandage is left in place for 10 days until the first post-operative visit to the clinic. The visit includes redressing and removal of the special modelling suture.

The clients are recommended to wear a headband for another at least 14 days supporting the new ear positioning and protects the operated east against hurting. The headband should be worn 24 hours a day. After the first two weeks the headband may be only worn in the night for another 2 weeks. Hair may be washed after the first redressing. Sporting activities should be reduced for at least a month.

Shortly after the surgery and in the course of the following three days moderate pain may appear. Common analgesics will help alleviate it.

Ear surgery: possible risks

Like all operations, ear surgeries may be associated with certain risks which you must be aware of. These are general operation-related risks connected with the total anaesthesia (bleeding - hematoma, infection, pulmonary embolism, poor healing, operation wound splitting, development of colloid scars etc.) plus intervention-specific risks.

Possible risks related to correction of sticking out ears

Every operation is burdened with a certain small risk of post-operative complications.

  • One of them is bleeding and development of hematoma. For this reason rest is crucial for the first port-operative week.
  • Transient change of ear colour may appear.
  • Rare complications include disturbed blood circulation in the ear skin which may lead to necrosis and revealed cartilage.
  • Sometimes minor irregularities or bulges on the front side of the ears under the skin may appear.Accurate symmetry of the ears may not be achieved and thus the required cosmetic effect may not be ideal.
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