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Otoplasty - Ear Correction surgery

Başlatan Resulehasret, Mayıs 01, 2009, 06:10:53 ÖS

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Otoplasty - Ear Correction surgery

Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that involves reshaping or reducing the size of one's ears.  Unlike most cosmetic surgeries, this procedure is more commonly performed on those between the ages of four and fourteen, though it may also be performed on adults as well.
Understanding Otoplasty

In order to perform otoplasty, the surgeon removes cartilage and skin from behind the patient's ears.  In some cases, however, no cartilage is removed and the ears are simply stitched in such a way that the cartilage is folded back onto itself.  By removing this tissue, the surgeon is able to sculpt the ears back so they do not protrude as far out and so they have a more pleasing shape.  Whenever possible, the incisions are made within the natural creases behind the ear so the amount of visible scarring is reduced.

The amount of time necessary to complete an otoplasty procedure depends upon the patient's anatomy and the desired outcome, but most procedures take around two hours to complete.  Although the procedure may be performed as an outpatient procedure, many patients stay in the hospital or surgical center at least one night following the procedure.

After leaving the hospital or surgical center, the patient also must wear a full head bandage for at least two weeks in order to provide additional support to the ears.  The head gear helps reduce discomfort while also assisting in the healing process.
Risks Associated with Ear Correction surgery

Since otoplasty does require making incisions, there are certain risks that can be expected.  Some of the risks that are commonly associated with any form of invasive surgery include:

    * Bleeding
    * Bruising
    * Infection
    * Negative reaction to anesthesia
    * Scarring
    * Swelling

Some of the risks that are specifically associated with ear reshaping surgeryinclude:

    * Asymmetry of the ears, meaning they may not match once the procedure is completed
    * Feeling unhappy with the results because too much or too little tissue was removed or because the reshaping process resulted in an undesirable ear shape
    * Throbbing of the ears, which typically subsides after a few days and can be alleviated with the help of pain medication

Since most people's ears are fully developed by the time they are four-years-old and because the cartilage is more pliable at a younger age, it is preferable to perform this surgery while the patient is still young.  This often provides better results while also reducing the number of years the individual must endure ears that are embarrassingly large or that protrude far from the head.  At the same time, adults can also undergo otoplasty and enjoy excellent results.