The history of Otopasty surgery goes back to 5th century B.C. It was developed by the ayurvedic physician Sushruta. Later on it was taken to a more advanced level by the doctors so as to reshape, resize and reposition it.
Otoplasty which is also known as Pinnaplasty means getting your ears pinned back. It involves reshaping the cartilage of the ear or ears to hold them back closer to the head. With various methods present for performing the operation, the most common method involves the removal of skin behind the ear. The cartilage is then pinned down with a stitch which allows it to bend towards the head, therefore pushing your ears back closer to the head.
The surgery is performed by making an incision behind the ear. In order to minimize the appearance of the surgical scar; the doctor makes the incision in the natural fold so that the outer cartilaginous portion of the ear meets the head. If necessary the surgeon will use this incision to remove or reshape some of the cartilage. Finally, the surgeon will secure the ear in place with sutures.
Other techniques may be used to surgically correct deformities of the ear. This involves removing the deformed cartilage and using skin grafts to repair the shape of the ear.
It is generally performed either under local or general anesthetia, depending on preference of the patient. For younger children general anesthetia is used, and therefore they may need to stay in hospital overnight.Local anesthetic numbs the area around the ear. In this case, the patient remains awake during the surgery
There are certain risks and complications that may occur after Otoplasty (http://www.harleybodyclinic.co.uk/
The disadvantages of this surgery as follows:-
1. Minute scarring might occur at the place of surgery.
2. Chance of infection might occur.
3. Bleeding and bruising may persist for a week.
The scar generally takes up few weeks to heal and will fade into a thin white line over the coming months. Mild discomfort is common and should resolve within a few weeks. Be sure to let your surgeon know of increasing pain, fever, chills, or sudden change in shape of the new ear.
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