Reports show that at least 3 babies out of every 10,000 babies born in hospitals throughout the world have congenital defects in regards to the ear. There are numerous cases where other external factors can contribute to one having an unlikely appearance of the ears. For these reasons, ear surgery becomes a viable solution for the affected to get back the normal shape and appearance of their ears.
Read more to learn more details about Otoplasty.
Otoplasty is the medical term for a reconstructive procedure done on a patient’s ears to amend injuries or deformities.
Ear surgery or Otoplastyis divided into two main procedures, these include:
Here, the surgeon uses various techniques to change the shape, size, and location of the ears for a normal looking appearance. In isolated cases, the surgeon may see it fit to remove cartilage from a different part of the patient’s body such as the ribs to use during the ear surgery to help achieve a certain shape or size. In addition, tissue may be collected from the area above the patient’s buttocks to perform a skin grafting procedure on the patient’s ears.
Depending on whether the patient is an adult or a child, the ear surgery is done under local or general anesthesia. The surgeon first makes an incision behind each ear. Once the cartilage is visible, the surgeon goes ahead to remove excess skin or cartilage to give the ear a desirable shape and move it to the right location. The operation ends with the surgeon sealing the incisions with dissolvable sutures.
The surgery is expected to last for 1 hour to 2 hours. It usually takes 3 days to a week for the soreness, swelling and numb feeling to fade away. Thereafter the patient is advised to continue eating healthy and taking his or her prescribed medication which encourages faster healing.
The results are visible almost immediately after the surgery but become increasingly noticeable with time.
The table below illustrates benefits, congenital factors and non-congenital reasons surrounding ear surgery.
While many patients choose to have ear surgery for cosmetic reasons, a good number of people can bear witness that ear surgery helped them regain the normal shape of their ears after having been born with congenital birth defects as shown in the table above. The cost incurred by each patient depends on how complicated or uncomplicated each patient’s ear surgery is.
Many patients report being highly satisfied with their results and savings going abroad for cosmetic surgery. Many express their overwhelming joy when viewing their photos showing before and after ear pinning surgery.
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