July 15, 2007

Otoplasty May Improve Your Child's Looks and Self-Confidence

By Lynn Fugaro

Protruding ears is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after facial plastic surgery techniques in recent years. Children, who have long suffered being teased and called "Dumbo" or "Mickey Mouse" are some of the most likely candidates for otoplasty (ear surgery). This surgery, though popular with youngsters, can be performed at any age as long as the ears have reached their full size. Even if the ears are only mildly distorted, this physical condition can lead to extreme self-consciousness and poor adaptation and functioning in school.
Who is a Candidate for the Surgery?
Though most popular in children, adults may also benefit from this procedure, and, often, adults choose this procedure in conjunction with other facial cosmetic surgery procedures. Ears can be pinned back, reshaped, reduced in size and made more symmetrical.
Otoplasty is not recommended for everyone, and your plastic surgeon will discuss options, risks, and costs with you at the time of your initial consultation. General good health and realistic expectations are prerequisites for a successful otoplasty experience. Otoplasty will not improve your hearing or alter it. The goal of a successful otoplasty is to adjust the ears to make them proportionate to the size and shape of your face and head.
Having your child's best interests at heart is also very important. A positive attitude also crucial when committing to ear surgery, especially when the patient is a child or teenager. A consultation with a plastic surgeon will help parents decide what is best for their child aesthetically, psychologically, and physically.

The Surgical Process

Otoplasty begins with an incision behind the ear in the fold where the ear is joined to the head. The surgeon will remove cartilage and skin required to achieve the desired effect. In some cases, the cartilage will be trimmed and shaped into a more desirable form. The cartilage will then be pinned back with permanent sutures to secure the cartilage.
After the surgery, soft dressings will be applied for a few days. You cannot sleep or put any pressure on your ears, and some discomfort may be felt. Headbands are sometimes recommended for a couple of weeks to hold the ears in the desired position.
Otoplasty risks are minimal and the scar is barely noticeable as it is behind the ear. Anything unusual after surgery should be immediately reported to your surgeon.
If you would like to learn more about Otoplasty [http://www.drrusca.com/htmlversion/wotoplasty.php] in the Atlanta, Georgia area, please visit the website of Dr. John Rusca at Aesthetic & Plastic Reconstructive Surgeons, PC [http://www.drrusca.com/htmlversion/index.php].

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1 comment:

  1. Venkatesh2:38 PM

    tremendous boost in self confidence.


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