Surgery of bat ears
The correction of prominent ears, also called otoplasty, aims to correct two flaws which are usually combined and which vary in importance according to the patients: the outward orientation of the concha (the cup-like area surrounding the ear canal) which creates a very open/ wide angle with the sides of the head and under-development of the anti-helical ear fold. This is a fairly simple, efficient procedure, which involves no major risks.
This procedure can be performed from the age of seven. Sometimes children are aware of their “difference” or are subject to teasing by their classmates. An older child might be suitable for surgery under local anaesthetic with neuroleptic. The surgeon will have an interview with the parents, but also with the child so as to appreciate his motivation and desires. The technique used will be clearly explained .
Most of the time it is performed under local anaesthetic with a neuroleptic, the patient can leave hospital on the evening after surgery A pre op general medical assessment might be required. During the procedure, which lasts around an hour, the patient is laid on his back, his head turned to the side. Under development of the anti-helical fold of the ear is corrected by plication of the cartilage. The improper positioning of the middle part of the ear and sometimes its hypertrophy are also corrected. Provided the procedure was performed under light anaesthetic with a neuroleptic, the anaesthetist may allow the patient to leave hospital on the day of the surgery, with a dressing and an elastic / compressive headband. Pain killers are routinely prescribed for a day or so although the discomfort should be minimal.
The light compressive dressing must be kept in place until the sutures dissolve on the seventh day. The elastic headband, which looks like those used for skiing, will be worn for approximately a two week-period when the healing tissue is still fragile, especially at night.