The Myths and Facts on Ear Pinning Surgery
Ear pinning surgery is a procedure where cartilage from one area of the body is removed to repair the ear. It is one of the common surgical processes that are done both for the purpose of improving aesthetic appearance or ear function.
Here are certain myths about ear pinning surgery that we will refute with facts.
MYTH 1: EAR DEFORMITIES AFFECT BOTH EARS.
Yes, ear deformities can affect both ears, but in most cases only one ear is affected.
MYTH 2: EAR PINNING CAN BE DONE IN JUST ONE STAGE.
Unlike other cosmetic procedures which can be done and over with in just one session, ear reconstruction surgery can’t be finished right away. In fact, the procedure might even take four stages which would take one or two procedures to complete.
MYTH 3: EAR PINNING SURGERY IS ONLY USED TO CORRECT CONGENITAL DEFORMITIES.
Aside from deformities, ear surgery can also be done to treat ear injuries.
MYTH 4: EAR PINNING SURGERY CAN ONLY BE DONE IN ADULT PATIENTS
This procedure is actually best done in children; this is when deformities are best corrected because the bones and cartilage are easy to shape and more pliable. Doctors suggest that 6 years of age is the earliest age for reconstruction. Having this surgery early in life is beneficial for the patient’s confidence and self-esteem.
MYTH 5: SOME EARS CANNOT BE FIXED WITH SURGERY.
Any ear impairment can be fixed especially when it is caught early on. If it was done in adulthood, it may take a more time and expertise to pull off, but it can give the best results given that the surgeon who does it is certified to do so.
MYTH 6: EAR RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY IS ONLY ABLE TO PIN BACK THE EARS.
Ear reconstruction surgery is not only done for ear pinning but also for ear reshaping. This is to correct oddly shaped ears, which are either too rounder or too pointy.
MYTH 7: PROSTHETIC EAR RECONSTRUCTION MIGHT APPEAR FAKE.
Some people may not be too keen on prosthetic ear reconstruction because they think that this might look artificial. With the advancements in technology today surgeons can actually make this look very much like human ear. As for the scars, they can be very well hidden as the surgeon usually creates it behind the ears.
MYTH 8: EAR RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY IS NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE.
Some insurance companies also cover the cost of pinning back ears most especially in cases where the problem is causes by a congenital defect. For surgeries that are done mainly on cosmetic reasons, usually it is not covered by insurance. But for those who may not have the luxury to afford this, there are actually financing options offered by some clinics.
MYTH 9: THIS PROCEDURE DOESN’T REQUIRE GENERAL ANESTHESIA.
The surgery can be done using light sedation, but for very young children a general anesthesia might be necessary. This procedure has a good margin of safety, especially under skilled and experienced hands.
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