Ear Correction / Otoplasty
- Otoplasty, commonly called ear correction surgery, is a cosmetic procedure that changes the shape or position of the ear. This is a popular surgical method for those concerned about the appearance of their ears due to protruding, asymmetrical, or deformed ears. Otoplasty can greatly improve the aesthetics of the ears, improve facial harmony and boost self-confidence.
- The ears play an important role in shaping our facial features and can greatly affect our appearance. For those dissatisfied with their ears’ shape, size, or position, earmolds offer a safe and effective solution. This surgical procedure can treat many problems, such as ears that protrude over the head, uneven ear sizes and shapes, and congenital disabilities.
- In otoplasty, an experienced surgeon carefully reshapes and rearranges the cartilage and tissue of the ear to create a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing appearance. This may include techniques such as cartilage reshaping, ear fixation, and earlobe reduction. The procedure is tailored to an individual’s specific needs and goals, aiming to achieve a natural result that blends in with the rest of the face.
Why is ear correction done?
Anyone with the following concerns will be getting this procedure done. However, it is important to note that it’s an individual concern and indication.
Indications for otoplasty:
- Protruding ears
- Unusually large or small ears
- asymmetrical ears
- Ear deformity or deformity
- Congenital disabilities of the ear
- Abnormalities or elongation of the earlobe
- Dissatisfied with the appearance of the ears
- Psychological distress or self-consciousness related to the appearance of the ear
- Desire to improve the harmony and balance of the face.
- Uneven size or shape of the ears,
- Or congenital disabilities.
What are the pre-preparations for otoplasty surgery?
- Learn about otoplasty surgery by studying the technique, possible dangers, advantages, and healing time. Make an appointment for a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your expectations & goals.
Your surgeon will perform a complete medical evaluation to analyze your general health and decide whether you are a good candidate for otoplasty. They might examine you physically, review your medical history, and ask for necessary testing.
- During the consultation, let the surgeon know exactly what you hope to achieve. They will assess the size, symmetry, and shape of your ears and talk about the realistic outcomes that might be expected.
- Your surgeon will review the surgical procedure, possible dangers and consequences, different types of anesthesia, and the anticipated recovery time. This will assist you in making a wise choice and preparing for the surgery.
- Let the surgeon know if you are taking prescription drugs, dietary supplements, or herbal remedies. They will advise you which medications to stop or change before surgery because some medications can make bleeding more likely.
Before surgery, you might need to make a few changes. For instance, you might be told to stop smoking a few weeks before the treatment because it can hinder recovery and raise the possibility of problems.
- Some drugs and substances have been shown to thin the blood and increase the risk of bleeding during surgery. Before the procedure, your surgeon will advise you to stop blood-thinning medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, and herbal supplements for a predetermined amount of time.
Plan for Support and Since otoplasty is often an outpatient treatment, you’ll need a driver to take you home following your procedure. Make plans for a competent adult to go with you and help you during the initial rehabilitation phase.
- Your surgeon will give you thorough pre-operative instructions, which may include suggestions on what to eat and drink before the procedure, how to shower, and which skincare products to avoid on the day of the operation.
How is the procedure done?
Here is a rough outline of how otoplasty is normally carried out, though exact procedures may vary depending on the patient’s demands and the surgeon’s strategy:
Otoplasty procedures can be done under general or local anesthesia and with sedation. Based on elements, including the treatment’s scope and level of comfort, your surgeon will discuss the best option for you.
- The surgeon will create incisions behind the ears, in the folds that naturally separate the ears from the head. This positioning lessens the visibility of any associated scars and helps to conceal them.
- After the procedure, the surgeon will apply a sterile dressing or bandages to protect the incision sites and support the newly shaped ears. This dressing may be kept in place for a few days or as your surgeon advises.
- You will be monitored in a recovery area until you are awake and stable. Your surgeon will provide instructions on post-operative care, such as keeping the incision sites clean, avoiding certain activities, and wearing a protective headband or bandages during the initial healing phase. You will schedule follow-up visits to monitor your progress and remove any non-dissolvable sutures.
Skin tags are benign skin growths that often appear on areas of the body where the skin or clothing rubs against the skin. Although harmless, it may be offensive or undesirable to some people. Here are some methods that can help you remove skin tags.
- A dermatologist can remove skin tags through a variety of medical procedures, including:
- The skin tag is frozen in liquid nitrogen and flakes off.
- Skin tags are burned off by heat or electric current.
- Skin tags are trimmed with a scalpel or surgical scissors.
- A small band is used to cut off the blood supply to the skin tag, which eventually falls off.
- Some commercial products claim to remove skin tags. These typically contain ingredients such as salicylic acid and tea tree oil. It is important to follow directions carefully and discontinue use if side effects occur.
- Although there is no clear scientific evidence to support its effectiveness, some people claim that home remedies to remove skin tags work.
Combining skin tags:
- Use dental floss or thread to tie a knot around the base of the skin patch to cut off the blood supply. This method can be time-consuming and should be used with caution.
Apple cider vinegar:
- Use a cotton ball to apply apple cider vinegar to your skin several times daily. This can cause skin tags to darken and flake off, taking several weeks.
- It’s critical to note that skin tags are composed of skin cells and collagen fibers and are joined to the skin by a narrow stalk. Applying toothpaste to a skin tag cannot cause it to fall off or vanish.
Removing skin tags yourself at home comes with some risks and caution. Skin tags are usually benign and harmless but can cause complications if removed without proper knowledge and techniques. Potential risks associated with self-deleting are:
If the instruments and methods used for removal are not properly sterilized, bacteria can enter the area and lead to infection.
Skin tags are supplied with blood; cutting or tearing them can cause bleeding, especially if proper care is not taken during excision.
Pain and Discomfort:
Some removal methods, such as cutting or tying the skin tag, can cause pain and discomfort, especially if done incorrectly. Scarring:
Improper removal techniques and improper wound care can lead to scarring and keloid formation.
Other skin conditions can be mistaken for skin tags. Removing it yourself may be ineffective or harmful if the growth is not a skin tag but some other type of skin lesion.
For these reasons, it is generally recommended to consult a dermatologist, to safely and effectively remove skin tags. They have the knowledge and experience to assess skin tags, provide proper guidance, and perform removal procedures with minimal risk of complications. We can also address any concerns or questions that arise during the process.