Prominent ears are a condition where the ears protrude farther than normal.
Ears are considered to be normal when they have an average width of 3 to 4.5 cm and a length of 5.5 to 7cms. The standard angle between the skull and ear averages 21 degrees for females and 25 degrees for males. Ears that are larger than these measurements are considered to be protruding ears.
Prominent ears are an inherited condition that affects approximately 1-2% of the population. It can be either unilateral or bilateral and arises due to the malfunction of the cartilage during primitive ear development in intrauterine life. The external ear anatomy is delicate, with thin skin and resilient cartilage. The ear subsequently develops helical folds or grows laterally.
Even though prominent ears do not affect hearing, they can lead to psychological distress in the form of reduced quality of life, low self-esteem, social avoidance, and poor academic performance.
What Is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that is done to correct auricular cartilage defects or malformations responsible for abnormalities in the ear. It is also done to reduce projections of an overly prominent ear from the temporal scalp or to correct misshaped ears due to injuries. This procedure can be done on children, adults as well as adolescents. At Dr. Mohan Thomas Aesthetics, the best otoplasty surgeon in India, Dr. Mohan Thomas corrects all types of ear cosmetic defects.
How Does Otoplasty Improve Your Appearance?
Many people have concerns about the way they will look after surgery. Some feel it will improve their appearance drastically, while others have concerns that they will not look like themselves, but the reality is that the procedure only affects the ears and the distance at which they protrude.
It Changes How Your Face Looks From Behind
One of the biggest noticeable changes after this procedure is how you look from behind. Patients with protruding ears grow their hair long so that their ears aren’t apparent from behind; so, if you have long hair, you won’t notice much of a difference, but if you have a shorter hairstyle, you will notice a big difference as the ears will no longer protrude the way they did before.
It Improves Your Self Esteem
When you are unhappy with your appearance, you will most likely be self-conscious such as while smiling for photos, you constantly think about that one facial feature you are not happy with. One thing that will change after otoplasty is that you will no longer focus on that area, which will change how you view yourself.
It Can Make Your Ears Look Bigger
Some people have small ears from birth, which is a condition known as microtia. Risk factors are genetics, prenatal drug use, diabetes, and nutritional deficiencies.
Both children and adults can undergo surgery to increase their ear size. Dr. Mohan Thomas, the best otoplasty surgeon in India, will shape a small piece of rib cartilage into the ear and graft it to your natural ear.
It Can Make Your Ears Look Smaller
While some people have small ears, others face the opposite problem. As mentioned above, Ears are normal when they have an average width of 3 to 4.5 cm and a length of 5.5 to 7 cm, but those who suffer from a congenital defect known as microtia have unusually large and malformed ears.
By undergoing ear-reducing otoplasty, you can reduce the size of your ears. The surgeon will remove extra skin and cartilage from the ears until the desired shape is achieved.
It Can Repair Damaged Or Deformed Earlobes
Piercings, earrings, and other accessories can stretch out the earlobe tissue causing it to sag, droop, or appear larger than it is. Some piercings can also expand in size to the point that it causes the earlobe to split or tear. If your earlobes have lost their attractiveness due to structural changes, otoplasty can restore the shape, size, and appearance of your ears in a matter of minutes.
Before The Surgery
Before heading to the clinic, knowing what time you need to check in with the surgical facility and allowing sufficient time for preparation is essential. Remember to carry along all the papers and forms like preoperative orders and history sheets. In addition, you should wear loose-fitting clothes and remove all your make-up before heading to the clinic. Do not take any medications unless instructed by the doctor or anaesthesiologist.
During The Surgery
Before the operation, the anaesthesiologist will use a mixture of gas and medication to sedate you and maintain the anaesthetic safely and comfortably. Dr. Mohan Thomas, the best otoplasty surgeon in India, will then make a small cut behind the ear, following which the excess cartilage and skin will be removed, reshaped, or softened. In some cases, the cartilage will be cropped and shaped into an attractive and natural-looking form before being secured with permanent sutures that are hidden behind the ear. The results of otoplasty are permanent.
After the surgery is done, you will be taken to the recovery room, where a nurse will monitor your health. Since otoplasty is an outpatient procedure, you can go home the same day after fully recovering. After arriving home from the surgical facility, you should rest with your head elevated on 2-3 pillows to minimize Edema and swelling.
For a quicker recovery, it is crucial to stick to a light, soft and cool diet and avoid hot liquids for the first few days. Even though you may be hungry after surgery, it is best to go slow to prevent nausea and vomiting.
How Much Does Otoplasty Surgery Cost In India?
Ear plastic surgery cost in India depends on the complexity of the case and the medical facility where the procedure is being done, but generally, the procedure can cost anywhere between INR 75,000-150,000 +taxes.
Why Should You Undergo Otoplasty At Dr. Mohan Thomas Aesthetics?
At Dr. Mohan Thomas Aesthetics, we provide the finest cosmetic surgeries at affordable prices. Our sterility and cleanliness exceed international standards, and regular checks are undertaken by an independent body, ensuring we maintain those high standards. Dr. Mohan Thomas, who performs all the cosmetic surgeries, including otoplasty, is a US-trained and triple board certified in General cosmetic surgery with a special focus on corrective cosmetic surgery.