Ear still sticks out after surgery. (Photos)
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Surgery not effective?
Otoplasty not as effective?
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Ear still sticks out after surgery.
First of all you should wait at least 3 months, better still 6 months, after the operation. Only then can the final result be judged. However, I believe that it can already be said now, that even then the upper third of the ears, in comparison to the middle and lower thirds, will protrude too much. The cause is not only that the ears were not pinned strongly enough here, but also because of the particular anatomy of the ears – the outer ear edge (called helix in medical terms) in the upper third of the ears is shovel-shaped and bent forwards and outwards, and has a significantly greater distance to the inner ear fold (antihelix) than in the middle and lower thirds of the ear. Such anatomical features are relatively common. It must be noted, that ears with such an anatomy, even if pinned well, will be more visible in the upper parts than in the parts lying below that. If this problem is too annoying, then there are 2 possibilities: either she has the wide antihelix in the upper third surgically narrowed, which then has nothing to do with an otoplasty, and which patients hardly ever want, or she has the upper third pinned even closer to the head. That would only be possible with the traditional method if the ear is cut open again and a new thread is inserted. Or it would be possible without cutting open, with the new stitch method. Basically, you would still have to know that further pinning of the upper third means an over-correction and over-corrected ears have the tendency to resist the over-correction and like to move out a little again post-operatively.