Ear correction is the correction of their position, shape and size. It may be one-sided, but it’s more common on the both sides. The most common problem are the so called prominent ears, where the earlobes are too far from the head and sometimes the earlobe structures are underdeveloped so they are misshapen.
When it comes to children, the most important is to assess two things:
- if and to what extent is the child motivated to have the surgery, or is it only the parents’ wish. Is the ears’ appearance a problem for the child or the parents? It is best if the child itself expresses the desire to change the appearance of the ears, without any outside pressure.
- when is the best time to do the operation? The important factor here is whether the child has a problem with its peers in terms of ridicule and teasing which can cause serious complexes and psychological issues. Consulting the school psychologist is often useful. The surgery is usually performed during the period between the ten and twelve years of age, but it can be done earlier, even before starting school.
The operation is usually performed with local anaesthesia, but in younger children it is necessary to do it with general anaesthesia. The operation lasts 1-2 hours.
The operation will place the earlobes closer to the head and reshape the cartilage, and the results can be considered permanent. The scar is hidden in the groove behind the earlobe and it is virtually invisible.
The bandage over the ears is usually worn for 7 days, and the hair can be carefully washed after the removal. The stitches are removed after two weeks. Wearing elastic band for another 2-3 weeks is recommended, especially at night. Certain ear numbness and altered sensitivity is only temporary. Strenuous physical activities are not recommended for a month.