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Surgical & Non-Surgical Ear (Otoplasty) Procedure
A lot of people consider protuberant ears as a deformity, especially for those who have been ridiculed by their peers because of their ears. Fortunately, there’s an effective way to correct this– through a surgical procedure known as otoplasty. This could return the ears to their natural orientation and configuration.
What Is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is an ear surgery done to improve the position, shape, or proportion of the ear. It’s also capable of correcting a defect in the ear structure that has been present since birth and became apparent as the person grows, as well as treating misshapen ears because of injury.
Through the help of ear surgery, it reconstructs the ears to their natural shape, while bringing balance and proportion to the face and ears. Believe it or not, the correcting of minor deformities, such as ear shape, can provide a lot of benefits to a person, and one of which would be boosting her self esteem.
What Ear Plastic Surgery Can Treat
– A rare condition known as “macrotia” or overly large ears.
– Protruding ears occurring on both or one side in varying degrees, but doesn’t result in loss of hearing.
– Adults who are unsatisfied with how their ear looks, especially if they already had an ear surgery before.
What Happens During Otoplasty
The surgical procedure starts with medications being administered to the patient to ensure comfort all throughout the procedure. The choices include general anesthesia, local, or intravenous sedation. Your surgeon would advise the best choice for you.
After that, the correction of ears would be carried out. Surgical techniques would be utilized to increase or create the antihelical fold and to reduce the enlarged conchal cartilage. The incisions made during ear surgery are usually on the back surface of the ear, and when it’s necessary to have it placed on the front of the ears, they’re made within the folds as a way to conceal them.
In Beverly Hills, Dr. Nguyen uses internal, non-removable sutures to create and hold the newly shaped cartilage in place and prevent them from moving.
External stitches would be done to close the incision. The techniques used for this depends on the surgeon, and it should be done carefully so as not to distort other structural and prevent an unnatural “pinned back” appearance after surgery.
Ideal Candidates for This Procedure
Even children could undergo otosplasty, especially those who are:
– Physically healthy and doesn’t have any life-threatening illness nor chronic ear infections.
– A kid who is 5 years old or above. The ear cartilage should be stable enough to handle correction.
– Has the ability of communicating their feelings and has agreed to undergo ear surgery.
For adults, they should be:
– Healthy individuals who don’t have medical conditions or life-threatening illness that could affect their hearing abilities
– Having a positive outlook in life and believes that an ear surgery could help them reach their goals even more.
After surgery, it’s completely normal to feel some discomfort, but this can be controlled with the help of pain relievers. Aside from that, there might be some itchy feeling under the bandages. Despite this, it’s very important for the bandages to stay in place and not removed. Failure to do so may lead to some issues and the need for a secondary surgery to correct it.
Make sure to ask your surgeon specific questions in regard to what you can expect during the recovery period, and this includes the following:
– Where would you be taken after the surgery is complete.
– What medications would be given after surgery.
– Will there be bandages and dressing applied after surgery and when they will be removed.
– Will the stitches be removed and when.
– When can you resume with your daily activities.
– When to return for practical care.
As a patient, it’s important to note that the practice of medicine and surgery will never be an exact science. Although good results are always expected, you should also accept the fact that there isn’t any guarantee either. In some situations, it may not even possible to achieve optimal results during the first procedure and a second surgery may be needed. Nevertheless, to ensure that you’ll be able to achieve positive results, it’s always necessary to look for a plastic surgeon who you can really trust.
The good thing about ear surgery is that immediate results can be seen, especially in cases of protruding ears. Once the dressing has been removed, you’ll be able to see that your ears look better and are in their natural shape now.
“I have been a client of Dr. Nguyen’s since 2007 and before that have been to various Beverly Hills plastic surgeons. I immediately felt so comfortable with Dr. Nguyen and his staff; he is so knowledgeable about all the procedures he performs.
– Carol S.
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About Dr. Nguyen
Davis B. Nguyen M.D. grew up in southern California, where he graduated from the University of California (UCLA), Summa Cum Laude. He then earned a Whipple Scholarship to attend medical school at the University of Rochester in New York. While in medical school, Dr. Nguyen completed a one year research fellowship in General Surgery at Harvard Medical School. This was followed by an internship in General Surgery and a five year residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Yale University.
Dr. Nguyen then completed a fellowship at the USC affiliated Lasky Clinic with Dr. Frank M. Kamer in Beverly Hills, under the auspices of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
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