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Ear Surgery is plastic surgery performed to improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. It can correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth. Ear surgery creates natural shape, while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face.
If you're considering ear-pinning surgery..
Ear-pinning surgery (technically known as otoplasty) is most commonly performed to correct the position of ears that protrude significantly from the sides of the head. Such protrusion makes the ears appear to be larger than normal. Protruding ears may occur on one or both sides in varying degrees and are not associated with hearing loss. Even adult dissatisfaction with previous ear surgery is a basis for plastic surgery of the ear.
If you're considering ear-pinning surgery, this will give you a basic understanding of the procedure-when it can help, how it is performed and how you might look and feel after surgery. It won't answer all of your questions, since much depends on your individual circumstances. Please ask your doctor if there is anything about the procedure you don't understand.
The best candidates for ear-pinning surgery
Treatment of protruding or disfigured ears is possible as early as age 5, when a child's ear cartilage is stable enough for corrections. Children who are good candidates for ear-pinning surgery are:
-Healthy, without life-threatening illness or untreated chronic ear infections
-Cooperative and follow instructions well
-Able to communicate their feelings and do not voice objection when surgery is discussed.
Teenagers and adults defined as good candidates for ear-pinning surgery are:
-Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical condition that can impair hearing.
-Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for ear-pinning surgery
All surgery carries some uncertainty and risk
Thousands of ear-pinning surgeries are performed successfully each year. When done by a qualified plastic surgeon, the results are generally quite positive. Nevertheless, there are always risks associated with surgery and specific complications associated with this procedure.
Some of the risks and complications associated with ear-pinning surgery are- infection, blood clots or collection of blood at the incision site and risks associated with anesthesia. Smokers should be advised to stop, as smoking may increase the risk of complications and delay healing.
You can reduce your risk of complications by closely following your surgeon's instructions before and after the surgery.
Planning your surgery
A consultation with your plastic surgeon is the first step to ear-pinning surgery for you or your child. It is designed to fully educate you in a non-pressured environment and include:
-a discussion of your goals and an evaluation of your individual case.
-the options available to correct your or your child's ear condition
-the prescribed course of treatment your plastic surgeon recommends
-the likely outcomes of ear surgery and potential risks associated with any prescribed procedure
Safety and the success of ear-pinning surgery requires an honest discussion of what will be expected before, during and after surgery. Regardless of age, it is essential that you honestly share expectations for you or your child with your plastic surgeon, fully disclose health history, current medications and the use of vitamins, adults disclose the use of herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco or drugs, and commit to following all of your plastic surgeon's instructions precisely.
Preparing for your surgery
Your surgeon will carefully explain the ear-pinning surgery you or your child will undergo. Prior to your procedure, you will be given specific instructions that may include:
-Pre-surgical considerations, diagnostic testing, and medications
-Day of surgery instructions and medications
-Specific information related to the use of anesthesia
-Postoperative care and follow-up
It is important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.
Where your surgery will be performed
Ear-pinning surgery may be performed in an accredited office-based surgical facility, an ambulatory surgical facility or a hospital.
Types of anesthesia
General anesthesia is recommended in cases involving children, so that your child will sleep comfortably through the procedure. The decision of anesthesia will be based on the requirements of your specific procedure and considerations of patient and surgeon preference. In any case, your plastic surgeon and the assisting staff will fully attend to your comfort and safety.
Correction of protruding ears uses surgical techniques to create or increase the antihelical fold and to reduce enlarged conchal cartilage. Internal, non-removable sutures are used to create and secure the newly shaped cartilage in place. External stitches close the incision. Techniques are individualized, taking care not to distort other structures and to avoid an unnatural "pinned-back" appearance.
After your surgery
Following surgery bandages or dressings will be applied to keep the surgical site clean, protect it from trauma and to support the new position of the ear during initial healing. Discomfort immediately following ear surgery is normal and can be controlled with pain medication. There may be an itchy feeling under the bandages. It is essential that the bandages remain intact and are not removed, for any reason. Failure to do so may result in loss of some of the correction and may require secondary surgery.
A return to light, normal activity is possible as soon as the day following the surgery, as long as the ears are protected. Children should refrain from rough or aggressive play until healing is complete.
The dressing will be removed by your plastic surgeon 5 to 7 days following the surgery. The surgical wound will be cleansed and any external stitches will be removed. You will be instructed on how to care for incision sites.
Your new look
The outcome of surgery to correct protruding ears is present almost immediately. Children accept their improved appearance quite quickly and a positve change in self-esteem can rapidly develop. With improved proportion and balance of facial features, the newly formed ears will most likely be framing a confident smile.
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