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Has anyone every heard of this procedure? I'm doing research on it but haven't seen anything about it. It's suppose to be a non-surgical procedure that only uses laser. Has anyone done it before or has anymore info on this?
Hi, my 8 year old daughter just had this done on Monday. I am very anxious to see her results and will update soon. If it works like they say it does then I will be so happy! It took a little over two hours and the pain was minimal. She even went to a tumbling class the very next day and swimming today. She seems to be tolerating the trellis pretty well too. So far so good!!
Well, we are two week into the process. I haven't seen much change. When we take the trellis off the ears are still the way they were. The Dr. said that week 3 is the critical week so maybe I'm just jumping the gun a little. She has tolerated everything very well. The only problem is the adhesive is SUPER sticky so we have to use goo-gone to get it off without pulling out too much hair. The skin behind the ear gets kind of red too. They give you a skin protector to put on first but she said it stung so we stopped using it. We go back next Monday so I guess I'll update again then.
Well we are at the end end of week 5 now and there has been some improvement. About 5mm closer to where we what the ears to be. So far we have broken two of the trellis's and of course one while the dr is out of town. Luckily he has been wonderful with communication by text and answered my panicked questions right away. I decided to use the double sided adhesive strips to stick her eat to her head where we want it to be. It workes like a charm and id actually prefer to do that and not use the trellis at all. She will go in Saturday for a second laser treatment just to reinforce the curve we are trying to create. If I could post pictures I would. If you'd like to email me I can do that for you. 3rd grade starts Monday and I want her go in there feeling confident and not get picked on. Will post again after her appt Sat morning. My email is email@example.com.
Just wanted to update since it has been awhile. I wish I had better news but her ears are not any better. We have been taping her ears back since school started with the adhesive tape and using headbands. She's not a big fan of the headbands because they kind of itch and slip out of place. She left for school crying today just wanting to have "normal" ears. Absolutely breaks my heart. We will probably have the actual surgery done to keep her from getting teased but with the money we spent on Cartilaze we really can't afford it. I feel like we wasted her whole summer on wearing the trellis when she could have just had the surgery and been done with it. Very very disappointed. Also interesting is the picture they use on the cover of the brochure is not an actual Cartilaze patient. She was just used as an "example" of protruding ears. She is also on a Dr.'s website in CA advertising his before and after otoplasty procedure. I feel like that is false advertising on Cartilaze's part.
Thanks for the update Joly, I had done extensive research and found out that the best way to go is to have the surgery. All these phony baloney stuff that's out there is mis-leading. If you can't find any information on it, there's probably a reason why. I hope your daughter can get the surgery done, as I am still debating whether to do it because of the downtime that it will take.
99% of the time any type of alternate procedure will most not likely work out. I would bring it to their attention and see if they can fix the problem. But keep saving for the otoplasty, and go to a doctor who specializes in it. It will save you tons of headaches later on!
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