Frequently Asked Questions in Otoplasty
If you have a problem with prominent ears, and also seeking surgical intervention to correct it, here are some of the frequently asked questions that might help you have a good idea on the matter.
What do I have to do to prepare for otoplasty?
It is your first responsibility to find a reputable surgeon who is specifically trained to perform the procedure. Know about their educational and work background and see if all information disclosed is credible. Once you had a consult done and you are considered to be a good candidate for surgery, make sure that you nourish yourself well and avoid alcohol and cigarettes at least four weeks before surgery.
What is an informed consent?
An informed consent is a legal document needed in cases of invasive procedures. It signifies that you understood all that you need to know the procedure, from the set of benefits to the accompanying risks. This also means that you made an informed decision, after a thorough assessment and explanation have been done.
What age is it advisable to undergo ear pinning surgery?
The best and appropriate age for an otoplasty surgery would be during childhood, particularly around the age 2-5 years old. This protects the child from any ridicule later when he starts to go to school. Doing the procedure at an early age makes the result look more natural compared to when it is done when he is older. The last chance to do it right with natural-looking results would be during the teenage years.
What special precaution should I do if I decided to have the procedure during my adulthood?
For adults, it is important that you choose a highly skilled surgeon who has the keen eye for aesthetics. Some surgeons have the tendency to overdo the repair making it appears too plastered on the head also making it look awkward.
How long will the incisions be and will they be visible?
The incisions will be made pretty much at the back of the ear, and it will not go beyond that. It will heal easily and the wound can be hidden pretty well. A good surgeon will be able to fashion the incisions in a way that it can be concealed or be less visible.
I believe that everyone who is thinking of getting ears pinned back could benefit from reading: What It’s Like to Recover After Otoplasty?
What type of anesthesia would be used?
For younger children, a general anesthesia would have to be used in order for the them to sleep through the procedure. This would require the patient to be hospitalized overnight for observations. This can be highly stressful for them which can result in them being restless. For the older patients, a local an anesthetic can be used along with a sedative to make them feel more relaxed.
How long will the healing period be after ear pinning surgery?
Younger children can return to school after seven days, but physical activity would have to be controlled for at least a month. This is to avoid any accidents that can affect surgical site. For adults, they can already return to work after five days, also making sure to take things slow.
How much does otoplasty cost in Australia?
Ears pinned back in Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra can run around $4000 plus. In addition to this, you also need to pay for the anesthetic fee and the theatre fee.
The Esteem Cosmetic Studio website provides general information about cosmetic surgery. General information is not a substitute for professional medical advice and treatment, and should not be accepted in place or in preference to a consultation with a surgeon.
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