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DIY Laser Assisted Otoplasty

DIY Laser Assisted Otoplasty

Postby 14srpt » Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:21 am

Sounds crazy, but I am doing this myself in September...The risk is so low and I would not consider going under the knife for ear correction. I will document and let you all know how it goes...currently targeting September 16th.

And no, this is not a joke.

https://www.researchgate.net/publicatio ... 4_Patients
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Re: DIY Laser Assisted Otoplasty

Postby 14srpt » Tue Sep 13, 2016 2:41 pm

Before photo from my work ID...not allowing me to upload it???

"Sorry, the board attachment quota has been reached."

This Friday is still the plan and should know results in 3 weeks from there.
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Re: DIY Laser Assisted Otoplasty

Postby 14srpt » Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:35 pm

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Re: DIY Laser Assisted Otoplasty

Postby 14srpt » Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:19 am

Got delayed with time off planned for work.

Just finished with the procedure, I'll say it was not painful but certainly uncomfortable at times. Ears are red and feel hot, but definitely not painful and skin is cool to touch due to the cryogen cooling.

I'll post pictures later.
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Re: DIY Laser Assisted Otoplasty

Postby 14srpt » Tue Oct 18, 2016 12:44 pm

1st attempt failed guys...I'm saddened by this, but believe I know why. Two things need to change; the first is functional regarding the application of the laser spots and secondly I decided to change the protocol with regards to setting/splinting afterwards and believe this to be mostly to blame.

I will try again in December with a better understanding of the the equipment and process and will follow the aftercare protocol per the study for at least 15 days (one study was 15 days and the other was 3 weeks). I am still confident that it will work, but need to be committed, as in 2 weeks splinted and wrapped at a minimum.

I am a little worried about using the laser twice, but there were some in the study that received the treatment twice and this laser is regularly used every four weeks on acne.

Will continue to keep you guys posted and hope to have success pics by Christmas.
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Re: DIY Laser Assisted Otoplasty

Postby 14srpt » Tue Oct 18, 2016 12:53 pm

The functional misstep I made was that I did not irradiate the outer most portion of the helix; this essentially frames the ear and if you think of it like bending a picture frame, this absolutely needs to change as well. My thought was to focus on the helix/antihelix area since that was really what I wanted to mold/change shape, but believe this misstep and not wrapping/splinting 24 hours a day for 2 weeks allowed the helix to retain it’s original shape which in turn forced everything else back as well.

I am absolutely intrigued by this research based on how non-invasive it is, but I guess if it doesn’t work this time I will need to move on or consider other surgical options.
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Re: DIY Laser Assisted Otoplasty

Postby 14srpt » Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:14 pm

Hello,

I am two weeks into my second attempt and happy to say things are going much better this time after following the trial protocol...imagine that, I am not smarter than the researchers. I have been wearing a headband 24/7 for two weeks now, which is the worst part of the procedure, but I believe this is required with traditional otoplasty as well.

I have peeked at my ears as the trial took pictures at 1, 7, 14 and at 30 days so no harm there and I am kinda in awe that I pulled it off (I hope). My right ear I would say was OK before and I will say that it is good now, very happy with it; my left ear was worse as you can see from the picture and I would say that I am satisfied with the new shape. I will be securing my ears with surgical glue for another week to hopefully compare to the timeline in the most successful study and expect the left to improve more. I am a slow healer too, so hope for a little more on the left for complete satisfaction. I will say that if they remain as is long term, I will be VERY happy.

Once the glue breaks down in a week or so, I will post after pictures. Happy to answer an questions as I am keeping details from most people and eager to share. For legal reasons, I am not recommending anyone try this at home based on my experience...
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