One of the most frequent mild genetic deformity is protruding ears. The ears may be protruding basically for two reasons: one is excess growth of the auricle ( at the parotic region the auricle projects from the skull exceedingly, almost reaching an angle of 90 degrees.), the second is the absence or underdevelopment of the anthelix - the stem of the outer fork at the upper ear which is responsible for the mild projection of the upper auricle - or a combination of the two reasons.
The operation corrects the above two deformities. The incision is made at the back-part of the auricle; we excise a bay leaf-shaped part of the skin above the region where the auricle and the skull meet. Afterwards, we remove a crescent-shaped cartilage from the auricle, turn back the protruding part, and if necessary, we form the desired arch of the upper auricle by weakening the cartilage from the front along the missing anthelix line and turn back the upper part similarly to a tube. We close the skin wound with subcutaneous suture.
The operation is performed under local anesthetic; it is absolutely painless, only the injection of the anesthetic causes a little unpleasant, biting feeling. Some patients, however, experience some post-operational pain in the next two nights, which may be relieved by taking pain killers. We put a turban-like bandage over the ears, which is removed together with the stitches after a week. We strongly advise our patients to wear a head-band for another week. Complications, bleeding, inflammation, difficult healing of the wound.