If your child has ever been ridiculed or you’ve ever felt self-conscious about the shape or size of your ears, there’s no reason you should be wearing your hair out all the time or living in hats.
Ear surgery, or Otoplasty, is commonly referred to as ‘ear pinning’ but there are a few different techniques depending on the issue.
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It’s important to note, children are not subject to any higher risks than adults and in fact, firmer cartilage of fully developed adult ears does not provide the same molding capacity as in children. Having the procedure at a young age is highly desirable for two reasons:
Fig 1. Ear Surgery Incision. A patient guide - illustrations reprinted with permission of Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons Inc., The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Mi-tec Medical Publishing. The complete pamphlet is available from your surgeon.
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The procedure itself is straight forward and non-invasive, with incisions placed behind the ears so that there are no visible scars after the operation.
Techniques vary among surgeons and patients. Factors that may impact the choice of technique include the general anatomy of the ears, the extent of the ear cartilage, excessive skin in the surrounding area, or level of deformity in other areas of the ears.
There are two common Otoplasty techniques for protruding ears:
Dr Zacharia first determines the incision location by finding the most inconspicuous site on the back of the ear. Once the incision is made, Dr Zacharia will sculpt the exposed ear cartilage and re-position it closer to the head for a more natural-looking appearance.1. In the second common technique, skin is removed and the ear cartilage is folded back. There is no cartilage removed in this technique.
The surgeon may use non removable stitches to help the cartilage maintain its position. Dissolvable or removable stitches can also be used for the incision location, which are removed or dissolve within seven days.
The operation is performed under a local anaesthetic or a light, general anaesthetic as a day procedure. Under normal conditions, time in surgery is about two hours.
For those instances where some of the natural folds are missing in the ear, they are created. Missing or abnormal sections of the ear may be constructed from tissues taken from other parts of the ear or body.
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More complicated procedures may require a longer recovery time. In all cases, the ears should not be bent for at least a month or more.
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While every care is taken to reduce post operative pain and complications, during recovery some Otoplasty patients may experience:
Any type of surgery involves the potential for complications and risk. Dr Zacharia takes all precautions to minimise complications and risk but some patients may suffer from bleeding, infection, haematoma, cauliflower ear, numbness, scar tissue/Keloid formation, asymmetry, loss of result requiring further surgery, over-correction, under-correction or a poor aesthetic result. Approximately 5% of patients require further minor correctional surgery.
It’s important to discuss any concerns you have with Dr Zacharia but, remember, there is no need for you or your child to feel self conscious about your ears or put up with bullying or ridicule.
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