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Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)


Recommendation:

People with lop ears (ears that are bent or drooping) and partial or total absence of ears are good candidates for ear surgery or Otoplasty. Ears ripped by the use of earrings or piercings might also be recommended for Ear Surgery or Otoplasty.

Ear surgery or Otoplasty is done to correct protruding ears. Ear surgery or Otoplasty is one of the few cosmetic operations performed on children. Although Ear surgery or Otoplasty can be done on both men and women, it has a greater appeal for men because many of them wear their hair short and cannot conceal the ear deformity. If the patient is young, general anesthesia is recommended, so the child will sleep through the Ear surgery or Otoplasty. For older children or adults, the ear surgery or Otoplasty can use local anesthesia, combined with a sedative, so you or your child will be awake but relaxed.

Treatment:

If the ears are missing, a total or partial reconstruction will be done in the ear orifice. Depending on the case, there might be a recommendation for ear prosthesis', especially in case of non elastic skin or a contraindication for the surgery.

Besides protruding ears, there are other problems that can be assisted with ear surgery or Otoplasty. These include: "Lop Ear", when the tip seems to fold down and forward; "Cupped Ear", which is usually a very small Ear, and "Shell Ear", when the curve in the outer rim, as well as the natural folds and creases, are missing. Ear surgery or Otoplasty can also improve large or stretched ear lobes, or lobes with large creases and wrinkles. New ears can even be built for those who were born without them or who lost them by injury. For ear reconstruction, cartilage from the patient's other ear, from the ribs or prosthetic material may be used, depending on the extent of the problem.

The method of ear surgery or Otoplasty is to weaken the cartilage of the ear so that it bends into its new shape. At the same time stitches are placed in the cartilage to hold the ear in position until the new shape has formed. The incision is placed in the natural creases behind the ear. The operation is done under either local anesthesia or general anesthesia. The choice is yours. Most of the time this is an outpatient operation and a hospitalization stay is unecessary. Ear surgery or Otoplasty usually takes about two to three hours, although complicated Ear surgery or Otoplasty procedures may take longer. The Ear surgery or Otoplasty technique will depend on the problem.Common techniques use a small incision in the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage. The ear cartilage is sculpted and bent back toward the head. Non-removable stitches may be used to help maintain the new shape. Occasionally, a larger piece of cartilage is removed to provide a more natural-looking fold when the surgery is complete. Other Ear surgery or Otoplasty techniques involve a similar incision in the back of the ear. Skin is removed and stitches are used to fold the cartilage back on itself to reshape the ear without removing the ear cartilage. In most cases, ear surgery or Otoplasty will leave a faint scar in the back of the ear that will fade with time. Even when only one ear appears to protrude, ear surgery or Otoplasty is sometimes performed on both ears for a better balance.

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