Otoplasty

Otoplasty

is a kind of plastic surgery that helps to eliminate congenital or acquired (for example, as a result of trauma or illness) deformities of the auricles (most often by this operation they get rid of “lop-ears”). Otoplasty is performed under local anesthesia for an hour, the stitches are removed after two weeks. In the postoperative period, swelling and redness of the auricles are possible, but they quickly pass. How useful or harmful is otoplasty? Is it worth to believe everything that talkative about her talkative neighbors and friends? Let’s try to find answers to these questions and simultaneously debunk the most famous myths about otoplasty.

If the ear has been completely lost, its recovery is impossible.

No, it is possible, but you will have to resort to reconstructive surgery, since this operation is associated with the transplantation of the skin flap and the subsequent formation of the auricle. Such restoration will be carried out in stages, that is, several operations will be done, separated by a certain period of time.

After otoplasty, rehabilitation is long and painful.

Of course, as after any surgical intervention, after otoplasty there is swelling, but, since in this operation, blood loss is minimal, the swelling is very small. During the rehabilitation period, severe pain is usually not observed. To accelerate the recovery process, the patient will have to wear a fixation bandage for five to seven days and take physiotherapy procedures.

After otoplasty, scars are not formed.

Unfortunately, this is not entirely true. The auricles (like the shoulder, sternum, neck) are at risk of keloid scar formation, and the doctor can not predict with certainty whether they will appear in this patient or not. After all, the propensity to develop keloid scars is highly individual, their appearance can be predicted only by indirect data (if there are already such scars on the patient’s body).

Classical otoplasty is accompanied by great blood loss, but the laser operation is almost bloodless.

This operation, both laser and classical, is not accompanied by a large loss of blood, since there are very few blood vessels in the affected area.

Classical and laser otoplasty are absolutely identical.

No, it’s not. Laser otoplasty allows, in the process of forming a new curl of the auricle, to more accurately produce cartilage plastic.

In the auricles there are nerve endings and biologically active points, which can be damaged during the operation. This will negatively affect the patient’s health.

This is not true. Important nerve nodes in the area that is subject to correction are absent. Therefore, otoplasty (in the event that the operation was successful and there were no complications) does not affect the state of human health.

Children can not be corrected for ear loss.

Actually, this operation can be carried out if the child has reached the age of six. After all, it is then that cartilage is very plastic, which allows you to easily adjust the shape of the ear.

After ear loss correction, the hearing may worsen in the child.

This is misleading. After all, this operation does not affect the structures that perceive and transmit sound (the inner ear system, analyzers of the auditory centers of the brain), therefore, the patient has no influence on the hearing of the patient.

For a long time after surgery, the auricles become numb, also they can change color. To remove these effects, you will have to undergo an additional course of treatment.

Indeed, after correction of lop-eared, there may be hyperemia of the skin of the auricle and a decrease in skin sensitivity. The fact is that during the operation, the skin of the posterior surface of the auricle is dissected and exfoliated from the cartilage. As a consequence, in this zone, the innervation of the skin is impaired, sensitivity is reduced, congestive hyperemia develops.However, such phenomena disappear within a month or two, no additional treatment is required.

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