This operation is intended to place protruding ears in a more normal position. Prominent ears in a child can create a psychological problem that may impede his social and emotional development if his peers tease him. The operation may be performed any time after the age of four.
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Each year the number of individuals who undergo cosmetic surgery increases at an incredible rate. The otoplastic operation is generally most successful and can truly provide satisfaction with improved personal confidence and self-esteem. The social and economic influences that place emphasis on “appearances” are quite evident at both ends of the age spectrum. Younger people seek peer acceptance; older people face their own challenge in maintaining positive attitudes for an extended period of time.
Cosmetic surgery can truly satisfy many needs and often will provide that extra measure of inner confidence that might otherwise be difficult to achieve. It requires no apologies and is accepted in all circles. It is, however, not the answer to all of life’s problems. The purpose is to “improve“ one’s appearance as much as possible. It can do no more, and if one expects a transforming miracle, they will undoubtedly be disappointed.
Most patients understand these limitations and view the potential benefit realistically, and if generally healthy, emotionally stable, and properly motivated, are good candidates for cosmetic surgery. Under the circumstances, the true objective can be accomplished and yield results that are predictably accurate.
The purpose of this brochure is to inform you of the fundamental concepts and bring to mind questions that I will be happy to answer. Also, it will permit careful review of this information at home, apart from the office atmosphere where anxiety or embarrassment may be overriding. It may also be useful as a reference in discussion with family members who cannot be present at the time of the consultation. It should be understood that its sole purpose is information.
In contemplating any corrective surgery, you need not be apprehensive or approach any procedure with fear. With present methods of anesthesia, there will be essentially no pain or discomfort during the operation and usually only moderate discomfort, which can be easily controlled with pain tablets.
It should be understood that competent associates and nurses would assist me and who play an active role in your care. My personal attention will be directed to all of the important details, and every effort will be made to obtain the best possible result. Also, every patient must play a part in his or her own care to achieve the best results.
This operation is intended to place protruding ears in a more normal position. Prominent ears in a child can create a psychological problem that may impede his social and emotional development if his peers tease him. The operation may be performed any time after the age of four. By that time, the ear itself has already reached almost adult size so that there will be little, if any, subsequent change. It may be desirable to have the surgery performed prior to beginning elementary school to avoid the problems caused by teasing classmates. While adults generally do not express such attitudes openly, the grown individual frequently maintains the same sensitivities that were present during childhood. Fortunately, longer hairstyles in recent years have provided better opportunity for cover. Conventional styles still permit noticeable exposure in the male patient and even in the female patient if she desired to wear her hair pulled back away from her face.
No pair of ears is exactly the same, either before or after the operation. For example, the ear on one side of the head may be larger or further away from the head than the ear on the opposite side. Convolution of the ears is generally irregular and is irregular in ears that have undergone such an operation. This is emphasized because the patient’s parents and friends are more critical of the ears following surgery than they were before. The surgeon makes every effort to improve the appearance of the ears so that they will be satisfactory from a cosmetic standpoint. In rare instances, at the discretion of your surgeon, a secondary minor procedure may be performed to modify the final result. It is not infrequent that the surgeon set the ears quite closely to the head since nature tends to “unspring” the cartilage somewhat in the initial months following the surgery, and this OVERCORRECTION is performed to try and leave them in the ideal position several months following the surgery. AS WITH ANY SURGICAL PROCEDURE, THE RESULTS CANNOT BE GUARANTEED ALTHOUGH I GUARANTEE TO DO MY BEST. Pre-Operative
You will have an appointment approximately one week prior to surgery. This will allow you to ask questions before your procedure. All instructions and prescriptions will be given. The following are some important instructions:
1. Discontinue aspirin products one week prior to surgery (if there are concern about this, please discuss with Dr. Trimas). Aspirin can thin your blood, therefore you may bleed easier.
2. Any tests that might be required depending on Dr. Trimas and your medical history (EKG, blood work, etc.)
3. Wash hair the night before surgery.
4. NOTHING TO EAT OR DRINK PAST MIDNIGHT PRIOR TO SURGERY
5. Please do not wear jewelry to surgery.
6. Shorts are a good idea to wear.
7. Please arrange for transportation after your procedure.
8. Do not wear any make-up to surgery.
9. FEES MUST BE PAID IN FULL PRIOR TO YOUR PROCEDURE Procedure
The operation is usually performed in the office setting, after which the patient returns home. The case is approximately 45 minutes long for each ear. To explain the procedure, an incision is made behind the ear and in some cases, a small incision(s) is made in the front of the ear. If this is necessary, no noticeable scarring is present. The cartilage framework is exposed and operative procedures are carried out to reform this framework so that the ear may be placed in a more natural position. Permanent stitches are placed in the cartilage to hold the ear in position. The skin is stitched in a routine fashion.
The scars are permanent; however, they should be barely noticeable after a reasonable period of time. Due to the location of the incision, the scars are inconspicuous. The scars do not interfere with the wearing of glasses.
Any type of operation can be attended by certain complication, but fortunately with this procedure, they are unusual. The complications can be with the medications given during the case (perhaps for nausea or an allergic reaction), infection, or abnormalities of healing such as heavy scar formation (keloid). If infection or a collection of blood under the skin occurs, this could also affect the outcome. A temporary condition can be numbness of the ear. The most common complication represents minor differences between the ears and occasional “respringing” of the original ear deformity.
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Scott J.Trimas, M.D.,FACS
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