Otoplasty in Children - A Case Report
Introduction: Auricular prominence is a benign medical condition, but affected individuals may be bullied and it may present serious psychological trauma. Otoplasty is a corrective surgery in order to form the anti-helix and decrease the distance between the posterior surfaces of the ear and scalp. We present the clinical case of a-10-year-old patient who underwent otoplasty at the Facial Plastic Surgery Department at the Hospital Otorrinos in Feira de Santana-BA.
Case Report: A 10-year-old patient (M. C. F.); complained that he had an ugly ear and thought he was suffering bullying at school.
Discussion: The patient was submitted to otoplasty through navicular incision, followed by exposure of the cartilage of the medial side of the auricular pavilion. All the cartilage of the shell must be removed within the marked boundaries and folding antihelices molded. The result was expected with an improved self-esteem in the immediate postoperative period.
Conclusion: Auricular prominence, also known as "protruding ears," is the most common congenital deformity of the external ear. The goal of otoplasty is to correct the shape of the ear, leaving it with natural and harmonious look, without the stigma of protruding ears.