Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Reshape Your Ear with Prominent Ear Surgery

Prominent ear can cause a child to be the subject of ridicule and shame but fortunately there is an ear surgery called otoplasty which can correct this problem.

Otoplasty is commonly performed to address the degree to which the ears protrude from the side of the head. It can also correct defects, re-sculpt and shape the ears and reduce the overall size. Generally both ears will have to be operated in order to achieve symmetry and facial balance. The cartilage is particularly soft and malleable in children allowing for easier manipulation. In case of adults, as they have firmer cartilage it may cause some reshaping restrictions.

The patient will be put under general anesthesia and a small incision will be placed in the crease that is between the outer edge of the ear and the head during the operation. When necessary cartilage and skin will be either reshaped or removed and stitched back into place. Depending on the extent of the surgery, the procedure will last anywhere from two to five hours.

About their child's feelings on prominent ear, most surgeons recommend parents to stay alert, and until the child himself/herself wants it they should not insist upon undergoing the change. In comparison to adults, children might find the recovery process more difficult. Sleeping positions will have to be adjusted in order to accommodate the ears because no pressure can be applied to the area for up to two weeks. After surgery, dressing will be applied for the first few days. Especially in the case of children, plan for at least three weeks off before returning to normal activities.

There are minimal risks involved and the signs of prominent ear surgery are nearly invisible although the recovery period might be a bit lengthier. In some rare cases, hematoma has occurred. Since the incision is placed at the fold behind the ear, no one will be able to see it so excessive scarring is uncommon. No one will even suspect that you had any surgery at all as the scars are rarely visible.

In many cases, adult patients seek otoplasty surgery. Otoplasty or ear pinning is often combined with other facial plastic surgery procedures, such as rhinoplasty or face lift surgery in order to improve the overall facial beauty. Even as small children may require a general anesthetic, one benefit of performing ear reshaping surgery among adults is that the pain out of the procedure can be easily tolerated with only oral sedation or mild IV sedation.

Ear pinning can make huge improvements in both children and adults resulting in raised levels of confidence and self esteem. It is important to educate your child about the procedure and have them involved in the process if you are considering surgery for them. Be prepared to take the necessary time off to assist your child in the recovery process and ensure that both you and your child's expectations from the outcome are realistic.


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