Ear aesthetic, especially during childhood years plays a big role in shaping confidence. Flapped-ear is when the tip of the ear is far apart from the base of the ear and/or the fold inside the ear is undeveloped, which leads to abnormal shaped ears.
How is the operation performed?
The best time to have this operation performed is before the child starts school, approximately around 4-5 years of age. The reason for this is to prevent possible psychological trauma in the event that the child experiences bullying at school.
This operation will generally be performed under local anesthesia however, if the patient is a child, general anesthesia is preferred. A small cut behind the ear is enough to reshape the ear tissue and to bring the tip of the ear closer to the base to fix deformation of the ear. If the earlobe is large, this can be made smaller. The operation will last approximately 1 hour.
Immediately after the opration, dressing will be prepared and placed on the ears. Patient will be discharged on the same day as the operation. Dressing will be removed on the fourth day and bathing is allowed. During the first week, slight swelling may be visible and sensitivity may be experienced. For 2 weeks after the operation, a band will be placed on the ears to be worn all day for approxiamatly 2 weeks – after this period the band is recommended to be worn only at nights. This is to protect the ear from possible external impacts.