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Otoplasty

Otoplasty


Otoplasty is a surgical reshaping of the outer ear, to correct either deformities or to make them look better. This commonly occurs in childhood, but can be done on patients of any age. Otoplasty is usually performed on children between the ages of 4 to 14 years. The reason that this operation is done is to reduce the chances of being teased and ridiculed at school.

However, like every surgical procedure, cosmetic ear surgery involves risks. The odds of experiencing complications during this treatment are usually minimal. To be on the safer side, it is important to have an understanding of the risks that are involved and to discuss them with your surgeon before committing to Otoplasty.

Some of the risks associated with Otoplasty include:

Blood Clots: This is a very frequent complication, in which the blood clots can be removed with a needle or may dissolve naturally.

Overcorrection: If reconstructive surgery is performed by an inexperienced surgeon, then the potential risk of overcorrection of the ears is high.

Infection: Infection of the skin and cartilage is one of the most common Otoplasty problems. If the infection is developed after the surgery, it is generally relieved with an antibiotic medication. On the other hand, if the infection results in the formation of a scar tissue which is a very rare complication, then it may be essential to address that area surgically.

Loosening of Sutures: This is a common risk faced by children who have undergone Otoplasty. Often a result of boisterous activity or inattention to bandaging, loosened or popped sutures may cause the ear to return to its original position or shape. Hence, it's important to follow the surgeon's post-operational instructions which can prevent this from occurring.

Hence, by choosing a reputable plastic surgeon that has experience and expertise in Otoplasty, you can reduce the risks associated with this procedure.

 

References:

www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au

www.nyplasticsurg.com

www.docshop.com