A deformity that afflicts patients since childhood, and can be treated as early as 6 to 7 years of age (school years), or adults who become aware of this discomfort late in life.
A deformity where the ear is “retracted from the skull”, are seen in men with short hair and women with short and very fine hair. Usually women experience discomfort when their hair becomes wet.
Surgery consists of an incision on the posterior area of the ear, at the angle between the ear and skull, through which the surgeon positions it in relation to the skull and creates or accentuates a few anatomical elements ill-defined at formation, i.e., anti-helix, posterior anti-helix branch and the concha.
It is an easy operation that can be performed under local anesthesia in patients over 8 to 10 years of age. A bandage is required after the operation to protect the ears, especially during sleep. Stitches are removed after 6 to 8 days when the patients may resume their daily activities, if not earlier.
We are referring here to aesthetic surgery of the ear. There are more severe congenital deformities that should be discussed individually.