Ear pinning and Otoplasty / Pinnaplasty
Otoplasty is another plastic surgery and it is also known as pinnaplasty. It is known as ear pinning. This procedure is unique, because it is an effective surgical procedure. The situation could be embarrassing, and many patients would endure such a long period of embarrassment unless it is corrected. The ears appear larger, and that situation is always described as protruding ears, or it can be a situation where the ears suffer from unfolded configuration. Whatever is the appearance, the thing is that the ear would always look very large. Many people like this procedure because it has a high success rate. It is a high success rate because patients are always satisfied with the procedure outcome.
Depending on the way that you want this procedure to be corrected, it can be done on both ears. If you want to carry out ear reshaping and the large ears can be reduced to the right shape during that process. This procedure can be done under local anaesthesia. This means that you can have your two eyes open while you watch the procedure go on.
If you think that you do not want to observe the procedure under local anaesthesia, you can use a short general anaesthesia. This procedure would usually require a resetting of the ears to the right position. It is usually reset in such a position that they are going to be closer to the head. To achieve it, you can either remove the cartilage from the ear back, or you can do that by simply adjusting the shape of the ears. The surgeon is an expert in that, and he knows how best to approach it, as well as the best procedure to apply in each case.
The consultation before the procedure
You can begin the process but first you must consult for the expert who is to carry out the otoplasty procedure. It is good that the surgeon offers you the opportunity to discuss your ideas with him. You should also discuss your worries and concerns with him, as well as the likely benefits that you are going to derive from this procedure. The doctor is going to be asking you some important questions, as would help him in determining the best way to go about this procedure.
After the discussion the doctor would carryout the following functions before proceeding with that surgical procedure:
The doctor would try to have a full knowledge about your medical history, and would examine you for possible medical challenges.
The surgeon would take his time to explain to you everything that you need to know about this medical procedure.
Before he makes an option of what might be the most suitable treatments for you, he has to take into consideration your preferences as well as your needs.
Any of the qualified plastic surgeon can carry out this type of surgical procedures. This means that they can come from the following specialities, they include maxillofacial surgical background, ENT surgery, and plastic surgeon. Any of these professionals are trained, and they are qualified to carry out this type of procedure without difficulties.
Who is the right candidate for this kind of procedure?
Before you can think of going for this type of procedure, you must be of a very good health, and you should have a realistic expectation that you are going to be successful with this procedure.
Secondly, many practitioners would demand that their patients attend the full maturity age of eighteen years and above before they are considered for this type of procedure.
Moreover, if you want to achieve a quick and perfect healing, it is necessary that you quit or you refrain from smoking after that surgical procedure has been concluded.
This procedure, you should know is not for medical or health purposes. It is done purely for cosmetic reasons and nothing more. It is usually done to improve one’s appearance and self esteem. If you are not happy with the shape of your ears, you can opt for this surgical procedure.
How is this procedure performed?
The ear is also called a pinna and it contains most cartilage. This is an important component because it makes the ear to be very stable by providing it with the necessary support. It supports those tissues that surround your ears and that are why it has a pinna shape. The cartilage in turn is covered by layer of skin though this is thin, and it covers on both sides.
When the procedure is going on, the surgeon performs a small incision behind your ears, and that is at part of the ear that is very close to your skull. This means that it may not always be easy to observe the scars. The skin covering the cartilage is completely removed and this means that the ear is exposed in the process. Separating the ears cartilage is done using permanent sutures on the ears.
The only thing that can show that you have gone through this procedure is the thin line that would exist at the back of ear. You can hardly see the scar because it is almost invisible. This procedure can be conducted under a local anaesthesia. You can walk to your home immediately you have completed that procedure. It does not take more than one to two hours for this surgical procedure to be completed and the patient can walk back home.
The procedure requires permanent sutures and the sutures are delicate and when it is completed, you have to hold it through a band otherwise it would fall out of place. Even if you are sleeping, you have to wear while in bed.
After that procedure has been completed, the doctor would secure the pinning by wrapping it using a pressure garment. This would help to keep it in place and ensure that you achieve the shape you want for your ears. The doctor would always require that the patient wears the bandage for the required number of days, and which could be about seven days maximum. It is not advisable for you to touch or to tamper with it until it reaches the number of period advised by the doctor. Even if you want you have to put on the pressure garment. This helps to secure the procedure. If you do secure it or you leave it exposed, bacteria could infect it and this could lead to a serious health problem. If it is not secured, it could be wounded. One important rule the patient should always observe is that he should not touch the dressing under any condition.
Within the first week of the surgical procedure, the patient is going to experience severe pains, how a pain reliever can help them out of the situation. Moreover, you should expect the wound to swell and there could be bruising as well. In order to reduce the swelling, patients are advised to have their heads elevated all the times. It is advisable that the patients should not bend over. When sleeping, the head must always be propped using many pillows. When sleeping, the patient is equally advised to avoid sleeping with the stomach and should not sleep with their side.
After surgery scarring and the visibility of scars
There could be scarring after the surgery and the effect of that could vary. The way it affects one person may not be the same way it would affect the other people. The scars are always hidden. There could be incisions and it is in the crease and this is the junction the ear is attached to the scalp. The scarring can last for several weeks and as it heals the scarring would be reducing. As said, the effects in each patient could be different.
Risks and recovery from the procedure as well as earlobe repair
The risks that are involved with this procedure are minimal; it is not associated with severe risks. However, there are instances where there could be severe pains as a result of infection.
With time the skin would repair itself and the patients are always advised to treat the surgical spot, because it would facilitate the healing process. You must always keep the place sterile and clean, this would help the skin to repair itself.
Recovery does not take a long time as it is quick. Because the procedure is not a difficult one, and because of that patients undergoing that procedure do not require anytime off in the place of work. If however, you are experiencing a severe pain after the surgical procedure has been completed, you can decide to take some time off your work. If it is not over discomforting you can resume your normal work, but you should not engage in difficult activities.
While the procedure is completed, surgeons often use dissolvable stiches. It can be used when it is more suitable to do so. This can usually dissolve within the first seven to ten days.
To ensure that you are fully recovered, the doctor would recommend a follow up visit. It is recommended that you follow the appointment as made to you by the doctor.