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Otoplasty. It’s time to lend an ear.

Cosmetic Surgery is a preferred option to correct a lot of aberrations that may be developed along the way, but it is also indispensable for correcting abnormalities that people are sometimes born with. The ears. here is an external organ that, if is not properly developed, can cause severe distress in social interactions in the person’s lifetime. At Pearl Health, there are perfect solutions to correct any form of abnormality, be it protruding ears, misshapen ears, oversized ear lobes and even conditions like perichondrial hematoma, or cauliflower ears as they are colloquially called. These are common among wrestles who injure their ears while grappling, and occurs when the blood in the injured area does not properly drain out and the cartilage grows to a larger size than normal.

Usually protruding ears, misshapen ears are addressed from the ages of 4 to 14, but with the advent of technology and surgical process there is virtually no age limit for corrective surgery to be done to the ear. The most common causes that would warrant ear surgery are protruding ears, abnormally large ear lobes, lop ear (where the ear tip is folded) and shell ear (here some attributes that make the ear are missing). While the conditions may not actually affect the hearing, the shape would be a debilitating factor in social interactions and would lead to the person developing psychological issues with regard to positive self body image. At Pearl Health, there is no bar when it comes to corrective surgery and the testimonials speak for themselves the vast success that has been had in the area.

The first step is to decide on having the ear surgery.

The first step is to fix up a consultation. At Pearl Health the wealth of experience that the surgeons have will pave the way for dispelling any false notions that you may have and actually educate you with the scope of what can be done. This will ground you and make your expectations realistic. There is the aspect of analysis of the insurance parameters also. While insurers normally provide coverage for correction of congenital abnormalities in otoplasty, there is a challenge when it comes to reshaping the ear as far as insurance coverage is concerned.

The Actual Procedure

There is no single set procedure that is otoplasty. As the ear is a complex surface, the amount of abnormalities that may occur are varied. The procedures are tailor made for every abnormality and therefore there is a lot of variation between procedures and techniques. There may be reshaping of the cartilages, or there may be folding and stitching of the surfaces.

Whatever be the procedure, usually the surgeon starts with a small incision in the back of the ear, in the area where it meets the head. This is the area where there will be least visibility for scar tissue. From the incision the requisite cartilage is reshaped by the surgeon until the desired effect is achieved. Usually the incisions are then stitched and the resultant scars if any are made invisible by simple scar management.

The normal duration for otoplasty surgery is two to three hours. In the case of children the surgeon may choose to go with general anesthesia as stress levels may be difficult to manage. However in the case of adults local anesthesia along with sedatives would suffice to see through the procedure. The normal protocols for anesthesia are also to be followed, in that the patient should not eat or drink for a few hours before the procedure.

Post Surgical Tips

The procedures for ear correction are almost entirely outpatient. The patient will be able to return home on the same day and there will be no distress, but the earls may be bandaged to afford proper healing time. Tips like wearing buttoned shirts and not wear any article of clothing that requires it to be pulled over the head, and avoiding showers are the usual suggestions by the surgeons at Pearl Health. There is a schedule for appointments that will be laid out wherein the surgeon will check if the procedure has properly set in and whether the scar tissue if any is healing normally. The surgeon is also always on the lookout for secondary infections.

The normal recovery period may vary with individuals, but the average recovery time is about three weeks. For the first week the head will be bandaged and the subsequent weeks the patient would be advised to wear a head band. Also there will be an active embargo on travelling out of the house, in order to avoid any and all chances of secondary infections or accidental injuries.

Be it a young kid or an adult, ear reshaping and correction is done with confidence, security and skill at Pearl Health.

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