Otoplasty, Ear Reshaping, Ear Reconstruction In The Philippines:Affordable Cost, Before and After

Published: 19th August 2009
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Ear Surgery/Otoplasty

Ear deformity at an early age specially at birth or during the 1st month of life could be address by splinting technique. Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is usually done to children above the age of five or six, to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears. Ears are almost fully grown by then, and the earlier the surgery, the less teasing the child will have to endure. Ear surgery on adults is also possible, and there are generally no additional risks associated with ear surgery in either age group.

Most surgeons' recommend that parents stay alert to their child's feelings about protruding ears; don't insist on the surgery until your child wants the change. Children who feel uncomfortable about their ears and want the surgery are generally more cooperative during the process and happier with the outcome.

Ear surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure or in a hospital that may require admission (usually for pediatric patients). Occasionally, your surgeon may recommend that the procedure be done as an inpatient procedure depending on the patient age and other medical condition. The Surgeon makes a small incision at the back of the ear . He will then sculpt the cartilage and bend it back toward the head. Non-absorbable stitches may be used to help maintain the new shape. Occasionally, the surgeon may remove a piece of cartilage to provide a more natural-looking fold when the surgery is complete. In less complicated cases, skin is removed and stitches are used to fold the cartilage back on itself to reshape the ear without reshaping cartilage. This is done either under local or general anesthesia, depending on the patient's age. In most cases, there is a faint scar at the back of the ear that will fade with time.

Individuals planning to undergo otoplasty are prepared prior to scheduled surgery. Patients are advised to avoid the following for 2 to 3 weeks before surgery; smoking, alcoholic beverages, steroids, NSAIDs or pain medications like mefenamic acids and naproxen, herbal tea, herbal medications, Vitamin E, blood thinning medications like aspirin, heparin and coumadin, regulated drugs like valum, prohibited drugs like methamphetamines, diet pills and oral contraceptive pills. These medications and social activity may delay healing, prolong bleeding during surgery and may interact with the medications used during surgery. It is advised that patients discuss this further with their surgeon to minimize possible risks and complications.

Prospective patients planning to have this procedure are required to allot 12 to 14 days. This time will be used for the initial consultation, laboratory, medical clearance, surgery, follow up, suture removal and early recuperation. After this patient is safe to travel since wounds are dry and healed.

Your plastic surgeon and/or staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks or potential complications.

The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure. Another surgery may be necessary.

The decision to have otoplasty is extremely personal and you'll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.

Possible risks and complications:

• Infection

• Poor wound healing

• Anesthesia risks

• Bleeding (hematoma)

• Nose asymmetry

• Change in skin sensation (numbness)

• Pain, which may persist

• Unfavorable scarring

• Skin contour irregularities

• Skin discoloration and swelling

• Sutures may spontaneously surface through the skin, become visible or produce irritation that require removal

• Possibility of revision surgery

For more information you may visit www.cosmeticphilippines.com or www.philcosmeticplasticsurgery.com


Dr Rino Lorenzo is a Filipino Plastic Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Manila, Philippines. He is a Board Certified and fully trained Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, with 6 years of formal training in the field of Aesthetic, Reconstructive and Burn Plastic Surgery. Dr Rino Lorenzo is a Fellow of the Philippines Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon.

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