Lop ear or Bat ear
The lop ear is one of the most common cosmetic defects.
In this condition, the ears are sticking out and away from the nape (Auriculo cephalic> 30 degrees) and are due to a malformation of the ear cartilage that forms the supporting skeleton and in particular the absence of the formation of antihelix that normally allow the ear to remain more attached to the head. The problem of the "ears" is still confined to only an aesthetic level because their shape does not interfere in any way with the ear functionality. To solve this problem you perform a surgery called otoplasty under local anesthesia in adults, while in children under general anesthesia. It 'better to perform it in children aged 7-8 years of age when the auricle is now sufficiently developed. There are different types of surgical techniques to correct this defect, one used at our Centre is the Mustardè technique which is to perform a small incision behind the ear flap, a part of skin is removed so that you can access the cartilage which will be modified by weakening and if necessary removing the excess parts. The new shape is stabilized with the interior points and finally, the incision will be closed with stitches in absorbable material. Then the ear is immobilized in its new form with a bandage using an elastic band that will be kept for approximately 15 days. The surgery lasts for a total duration of about 60 minutes with a night of hospitalization and about two days of recovery.
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The macrotia of pinna
It is a congenital malformation of the outer ear, where the height of ear is 58-62 mm in females and 62-66 mm in males, appearing larger than normal. To reduce its size an otoplasty surgery is performed.