Introduction of Otoplasty
Ear might seem just another unnoticeable part of our body, but it makes a huge difference in one’s overall appearance. Many humans, starting from their childhood, are dissatisfied with the shape or size of their ears. Or, for a few, the ears stick out more than they should, stoop too low, or are asymmetrical. People containing any of these ear conditions try to hide it with hair or hats and feel conscious. Fortunately, medical advancements in cosmetic plastic surgeries are there to the rescue.
Otoplasty, widely known as Ear Plastic Surgery, is readily available to treat and enhance the faulty ears cosmetically. However, the surgery demands expertise and should be only be performed with experienced plastic surgeons. Such surgeries can dramatically change one’s appearance, positioning of ears and can boost his or her confidence and self-esteem.
What is Otoplasty or Ear Surgery?
Otoplasty, profoundly known as the Ear surgery is a cosmetic process of improving one’s shape, proportion, size or position of the external ear. A defect in the ear structure that is present at birth or that becomes apparent with development can be corrected by otoplasty. This procedure can also treat misshapen ears caused by injury.
The surgical or nonsurgical Otoplasty helps to create a more natural shape while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. Correction of even minor deformities can have profound beneﬁts to appearance and self-esteem. If abnormally peeking out or disﬁgured ears bother you, you may consider undergoing an ear plastic surgery. Under the roof of surgical and nonsurgical ear surgeries, there are four major parts; which can be defined as:
- Ear Pinning and Reconstructive Otoplasty
- Bilateral Otoplasty
- Ear Reduction Surgery
- Ear Augmentation
What Otoplasty Surgeries Can Offer?
Reconstructive Ear Surgery can help to deal with several ear defects that happen to be by birth or has occurred due to some outside trauma. Some of the imperfections that can be rectified with reconstructive otoplasty are as below:
- Correcting the Cagot Ear where no earlobe is present
- Correcting the Cat's Ear where the edges of the ear are outward, much like a cat's
- Correcting Microtia where the ears are underdeveloped and extremely tiny
- Rectifying Macrotia which is a condition of abnormally big ears
- Rectifying Lop Ear where more like a cup, the ear curves are extremely inward
- Rectifying the Scroll Ear where the ears are curled like a rolled scroll
- Treating Wildermuth Ear where the top curve of the ear is curved towards the scalp
- Treating Stahl's Ear Deformity where abnormal ear foldings create a pointed edge, as similar as an elf's ear
- Correcting Cleft Earlobe where there is an indent occurring in the earlobe is present
- Treating the Cosman Ear or Question Mark Ear where the ear shape is similar to a question mark and has a separation in the skull between the earlobe and the outer shape of the ear
- Rectifying Constricted Ear which is a case of partial absence of the skin and cartilage on the outer back portion of the ear
- Reshaping the Cauliflower Ear where due to several injuries, the cartilage of the ear is separated from the perichondrium and fills with fluid, which becomes permanently cartilaginous and destructured
- Correcting Cryptotia, which is a condition where the upper turned section of the ear is stuck with the scalp
Candidacy for Otoplasty Cosmetic Surgery
The potential Otoplasty Surgery Candidates are:
- People with no recurring ear infections, ear diseases, or any life-threatening conditions.
- Otoplasty can be performed on children as well but it is always advisable to check whether their ear cartilage is firm enough and the ear is fully grown.
- Teens and adults who have experienced injury due to which their ear is misshapen and in distress.
- People with congenital defects such as drooping ears, outward or pokey ears and misshaped in an unpleasant manner.
- People who feel their previous otoplasty is not satisfactory and seek reshaping.
- People who smoke will not be good candidates for the ear surgeries, and plastic surgery clinic might not let you undergo otoplasty.
Otoplasty can be opted merely by anyone who needs a reshaping or rectifying of their ears.
What are the Benefits of Otoplasty or Ear Surgery?
People who are unhappy with their current ear structure turn to Otoplasty for its several post-surgery benefits. Changing the current shape and size of the ear being the major benefit of ear surgery, there are plenty of other advantages too:
- The Ear Surgery contains almost zero to little risk. It is safe and convenient with no discomfort or pain.
- Otoplasty is capable of rectifying a vast number of external ear deformity to match the patient’s desires.
- Otoplasty is possible for children as young as 3 years old (only if your surgeon allows); thus they can avoid unwanted bullying at school and life a happy life. Age is no bar for an ear surgery!
- Proper ear contours can make a huge difference in anyone’s overall appearance, thus people who feel ashamed or lack self-esteem due to a non-structured ear can change the scenario and reshape their ears as it pleases.
- Otoplasty hardly takes a week or so to fully recover and get back to a routine life. (depends on the type of surgery you’re opting). Thus we can consider minimum down
- When face contours and ear shape come in symmetry, people find themselves more presentable and confident. This Improves emotional and psychological conditions as well.
- Otoplasty leaves minimal scarring once adequately healed; thus others may never find out about your ear surgery.
- You can design the way your ears may look after the surgery. Otoplasty provides a more natural looking results than any other surgeries.