Exposed ears are the most common congenital ear deformity. Some people may make this their specialty, but children and adolescents with emerging personalities are often bullied and have complex feelings about this trait.
The anatomy and size of the ears are hereditary, so it is a myth that a child’s ears will grow back on their own, or if you wrap a scarf tightly around their head during sleep. So plastic surgery is the only way to correct the folding of the ears. The surgery is performed on patients as young as six years old, as the ear grows fastest in the first year of life, and the size of a six-year-old’s ear is already 96%. the size of an adult ear.
As with any other plastic surgery, ear correction should be performed after the patient has made a firm decision, so parents are always advised to talk openly with their child and assess the situation objectively.
Correction of protruding ears is usually performed under local anesthesia and takes 1-1.5 hours. If necessary, children can also undergo surgery under general anesthesia to reduce stress or unusual sensations. The incision is made on the back of the ear, so the scar is not noticeable once the tissue has healed, and it only fades over time.
Healing takes about a month – patients have to wear special ear bandages, and when these are removed, a special tape is worn for two weeks to hold the ears in place. Afterward, the tape is still worn only during sleep until the tissues have healed completely and there is no risk of complications.