There is a big difference between cosmetic surgery for ears and other cosmetic surgeries regarding minimum age of eligible patients. Many cosmetic surgeries can be performed after age of 18 to 20 years, since development of organs is completed. Ear development is generally completed at age of 5 to 6 years. Therefore, very young children can also undergo a cosmetic surgery for ears. Making jokes about physical appearances can result with a significant psychological effect especially in children of primary school age. Therefore, it can be a big advantage for the child to plan cosmetic surgery for ears before school age.
The most frequent reason for cosmetic surgery for ears is to eliminate the problem of prominent ear. There are various methods preferred in these surgeries. Surgeon should select the scar-free method that minimizes risk of recurrence based on his/her experience. Cartilage rasping or reduction is among most preferred methods.
In prominent ear surgeries, the aim is to eliminate appearance of “sail” or prominence rather than reducing size of ear. In cosmetic surgeries for ears, incisions are thoughtfully made at hardly visible locations in order to avoid scars.
Similar to all other surgical procedures, cosmetic surgeries for ears should be performed at a hospital with well-equipped operating rooms. General anesthesia is required for young children, while local anesthesia is an option for adults. The surgery lasts for 1 to 2 hours. Patients are discharged at the same day or the day after.
Wound dressing is crucial following prominent ear surgery. Patient will postoperatively use a bandage, followed by a headband. Generally, sutures are removed on postoperative Week 1. Bruising, swelling and edema spontaneously disappear in 7 to 10 days.