Have you ever heard of Otoplasty?
Protruding ears can make people feel extremely self-conscious. They can cause children to become shy and antisocial. Children can be afraid of bullying because of their looks. Protruding ears can also cause confidence issues for adults if the problem is not fixed.
Otoplasty is a procedure which moves ears closer to the head in order to prevent them from sticking out. This surgery is usually carried out on children, but some adults also have the procedure as well. There is no upper age-limit for undergoing this ear-pinning surgery.
Ear Pinning procedures are not available to children under the age of 5 years old because their ears have not fully developed, and surgery can harm this development.
This is a guide to otoplasty and everything that the procedure involves, including preparation and correct aftercare.
Remember to consult several different surgeons before having surgery. This helps patients to find the best surgeon possible to carry out ear pinning in Perth safely and professionally.
Ensure that the surgeon who will carry out the otoplasty is fully certified and licensed to operate. Surgeons must be accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in order to perform procedures legally.
After weighing up several choices, don’t just pick a surgeon on the basis that they are charging the lowest amount. Whilst this can help to save money in the short-term, this decision can have long-term health effects: If the otoplasty is performed badly by an inexperienced or poorly skilled professional, then additional surgery may be required to help pin the ears back properly.
The otoplasty is a straightforward procedure which only requires minimal surgery. Cartilage in the ears is removed after making a small cut behind the ear. Then the ears are stitched into place which helps to pull them back and bring them closer to the head. The scarring which occurs during the procedure will naturally fade and be hidden by creases in the skin.
The procedure takes approximately 2 hours and can be done under local or general anaesthetic. Using local anaesthetic will allow the patient to return home on the same day that surgery is performed.
After surgery, a bandage will be applied to keep the ears in place and to prevent the patient from picking at them. Wear the bandage for 3 weeks to ensure that the ears heal in the correct position. Strenuous activities with involve the use of the head such as rugby, soccer or boxing should be avoided during this 3 week period.
The ears will feel slightly sore after surgery is performed, but this feeling of discomfort should only last for a few days before disappearing completely. If any pain persists then it is a good idea to consult a specialist for a check-up.
Hopefully, this guide has made the otoplasty procedure more understandable. A successful operation helps to restore self-confidence and can aid a child’s future development.