Protruding ears or 'flaring ears' can be disturbing, both in children and adults. Because the cartilage in the ear is slightly curved, the ear can have a different shape and, among other things, stand more away from the head.
This can be corrected by means of an ear correction or otoplasty. This procedure can be performed in children at a young age (from 5 years), under general anaesthetic. In adults, this procedure can be performed under local anaesthetic.
The scar will be placed behind the ear and will be very inconspicuous afterwards. After the procedure you will see a clear difference and improvement, but a 'perfect' position with absolute symmetry is almost impossible.
- You must be fasting for this procedure under general anaesthetic.
- Timely smoking cessation is very important to prevent wound healing problems.
- When taking blood thinners, you should stop them in time. Be sure to discuss this with the surgeon during the consultation.
- You should wear a special bandage over the ears for the first week to maintain a good position after the procedure.
- You should not exert any strenuous activity or lift heavy loads for a week.
As with any surgery, this procedure carries a risk of bleeding, infection or impaired wound healing. With age, the cartilage becomes stiffer. This makes it more difficult to change shape. As a result, there is a higher risk that the cartilage will return to its original shape and the ear will slightly protrude a bit.