What is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is the surgery that deals with the configuration of the ear flap because of aesthetic deformity present from birth or because of damage following an accident.
The permissible angle between the ear flap and the head is between 20 and 30 degrees, anything above that value is considered protruding ear.
Correcting the protruding ears, which represents the vast majority of otoplasty procedures, is made during childhood mostly in males in order to avoid mockery by schoolmates.
Females conceal them with their long hair and this solves the problem until the end of adolescence and then the need for change in hairstyle (e.g. bun) leads to performing the surgery.
How is the operation made
Otoplasty requires the prior conduct of a typical clinical and laboratory test that is completed on the morning of the surgery. This is followed by the operation performed with sedation and local anesthesia and takes about two hours.
The surgery for correcting protruding ears can be done with many techniques (Mustarde, Chong). The technique we apply involves modifying the method of completely degloving the flap from skin through incision to its posterior surface.
Thereafter the auricular cartilage is scored (scoring) so as to allow its rearward turning and the reconstruction of its proper angulation relative to the skull. Then reconstruction is performed through skin coverage and suture intradermally in the back surface of the ear.
Dr. Boukouvalas is a Lecturer at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Scientific Director of the Medical team and CEO of Anagenesis as well as Director of the Metropolitan Hospital Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery Clinic. Also a member of ISPRAS, HESPRAS, EBOPRAS, IPRAS.
Results of Otoplasty
The improved image of patients after successful otoplasty is obvious because it is accompanied by a significant improvement of their psychology. Women are remarkably cheerful and happy and the general impression to their family is that they got beautiful but cannot determine exactly how.
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