Otoplasty to Correct Several Concerns
This 5 year old boy presented with his mother complaining of prominent ears. The patient's classmates were already teasing him mercilessly, causing him to withdraw and have poor self-esteem. The patient was very quiet, sweet, and shy, and he really wanted otoplasty. The post-op photos were taken at 2 months. More
Right Quarter View
Post-op, the patient was very happy, and no longer suffered bullying and teasing. More
Right Side View
The patient's self-esteem was greatly improved post-op. He is still shy, and a great pleasure to care for, but he is slowly coming out of his shell and his delightful personality is really showing through. More
The otoplasty was performed mostly from behind the ear. A fusiform/ellipsis of skin was first excised posteriorly taking care to place the final scar in the crease between the ear and skull. The concha cartilage was sutured to the skull (via the mastoid) to set the ears back to a more aesthetic position.
A very small incision (~1 mm) was hidden on the anterior (front), superior surface of each ear under the (Helix) rim. The scars are of excellent quality and cannot be seen. Through these tiny incisions an instrument ("Dingman Otabraider"/ “Otabraider") was introduced below the skin and used to scratch and weaken and shape the ear cartilage. From behind the ear, sutures were placed into the cartilage to maintain the shape of the newly created anti-Helix.
Finally the wounds were closed and dressings were applied. The patient was discharged with a protective sweat band that was worn for 1 week 24 X 7, and another 2 weeks at bedtime. The patient was instructed to abstain from contact activities for another 6 weeks.
The patient's appearance can be expected to continue for a year or longer as swelling decreases, and tissues soften to reveal the delicate details of the surgical repair.
The procedure was performed in my Southlake, TX office and was very well tolerated by this 5 -year old patient. No complications occurred, and his recovery was uneventful. Best of all, patient and parents were very, very, happy.
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