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Otoplasty ... very scared and help would be greatly appre

Otoplasty ... very scared and help would be greatly appre

Postby Desouza » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:55 am

Hi there,

After reading your website (thanks for that) and thinking about an Otoplasty procedure for a while, I have finally decided to go for it but I am scared and I want to make sure I am fully educated before going forward with it.

I had a few questions:

1) So I will be back in School starting August 29, and today is August 5th.

I booked a few consultations with different doctors, and have the option of having the actual procedure done on Aug. 13th, or Aug 21st with another Doctor.

How much recovery time do you think is really necessary before I am back up on my feet again able to be in school? (less time off work would be preferred, but willing to do whatever it takes)

On some websites I read that the head bandage should be worn 24/7 for 1 week, and others say 2 weeks.


2) What are some of the must-ask questions when going in for a consultation with the surgeon?


** If it matters, the 2 surgeons I am deciding between are :

http://www.corygoldbergmd.com/ear-surge ... lasty.html

http://www.mississaugacosmeticsurgeryclinic.com/

Honestly I am not sure who else to ask, every practicing surgeon I ask I feel like the are just trying to sell me.

Every receptionist, at every clinic always ensures me that there is nothing to worry about, and that it is a relatively simple procedure when I tell them I am worried about it. Dr. Weignberg's receptionist told me that she had never seen any complications with this procedure at all.

So if you could please give me a shout back, it would mean the world to me.

Thanks,

Kevin
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Re: Otoplasty ... very scared and help would be greatly appre

Postby Desouza » Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:09 am

anyone? I do not have that much time left to make my decision, I have to go in for the first consult today
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Re: Otoplasty ... very scared and help would be greatly appre

Postby Desouza » Wed Aug 06, 2014 7:36 pm

had my first consult today.. the surgeon says he recommends me wear he head bandage 24/7 after surgery for 3 weeks?!? and minimum he said 2 weeks?

Does this sound right? everywhere I read it says about 1 week
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Re: Otoplasty ... very scared and help would be greatly appre

Postby octo3 » Thu Aug 07, 2014 11:33 am

Normally a week but some well respected surgeons have the bandage off in a few days.Your be lucky if the bandage stays on that long if something goes wrong he might blame you if it falls off.I was reading a otoplasty journal on the internet and having the bandage on any longer than the first day or two has no benefit to the result.At least with it off you can see if you have a heamatoma or infection in which you need to act promptly.But you will no, as your ears will be sore if there is increasing pain then thats a sign of a heamatoma. Have you found what method of pinning back your ears is being employed? the one method that seems to create most problems is the anterior scoring technique i think they undermine the skin to score the cartilage which creates a space for a heamatoma to form if your unlucky.There are safer techniques used by some surgeons and can give more natural results.i would take antibiotics as a precaution some surgeons dont give them to you, also ask if you can have suctions drains on your ears for a while before you go home.so it sucks the skin back down on the cartilage it your having a not so good method
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Re: Otoplasty ... very scared and help would be greatly appre

Postby tennis32828 » Thu Aug 07, 2014 2:53 pm

I just got it done exactly 2 weeks ago and I too was nervous about the pain during the procedure. I can tell you that I could not feel a thing wide awake. I could do everything as usual the next day, even though I didn't just to be sure. The bruises last for a week. My biggest worry was just thinking how my coworkers, friends, and family would react. Surprisingly, no one have said a word....yet. If that's not your worry, then definitely do it. BUT be sure to tell the doctor exactly what you want right before the procedure to avoid any confusion. Keep us updated please....
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Re: Otoplasty ... very scared and help would be greatly appre

Postby Desouza » Fri Aug 08, 2014 10:42 am

Awesome guys, thanks for the reply it means so much to me.

@octo 3.. Well in the consultation I just had, the doctor said he will make a small incision in the back, and suture the cartilage back without cutting any out.. He said if you cut some out there will be a crease? He also said he will make a small incision in the front to weaken the cartilage (anterior scoring I believe?) ... What other safer method is there around doing that?

I am 19 years old, and my ears are quite prominent (see pics), do you think cutting the cartilage is necessary for long term results? I am afraid if he uses just sutures only they might pop out by accident, and if he cuts the cartilage, it may look unnatural.


@tennis32828 thanks for the reply man. How are you feeling/they looking 2 weeks out? Time is a bit of an issue for me, because I am set to have the surgery on Aug 21st, and I move into my university on the 29th.. Classes start on the 4th.. Do you think ill be okay given the time issue? Yes, other peoples reaction is definitely a concern of mine which is why I wanted to get it done before I started school. I will keep you updated, feel free to add me on skype if you like Desouza.13. Thanks again!
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Re: Otoplasty ... very scared and help would be greatly appre

Postby Desouza » Fri Aug 08, 2014 10:47 am

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j41 ... 9552_n.jpg

only pic I have with on my comp right now.. really doesn't do it justice but ill try to upload another one later
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Re: Otoplasty ... very scared and help would be greatly appre

Postby octo3 » Fri Aug 08, 2014 11:43 pm

The scoring technique is the most widely performed, but the best ear surgeons dont use this technique as the results can be unpredictable. Some very good surgeons have fallen prey to this technique not because it wasn't performed well enough but the technique failed them.The safest technique is a suture based technique, your ears wont pop out again if its performed by a surgeon who is experienced in doing it.Some dont do it right and the suters cheese-wire through the cartilage.Having had a bad experience myself ive learnt a lot and educated myself.Its only a small percentage where the anterior scoring technique fails and when it does its quite often dramatically (ie permanently disfigured ears).Anyway it will probably go alright for you with this technique, for most people it does. Hope it goes well for you.
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Re: Otoplasty ... very scared and help would be greatly appre

Postby Desouza » Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:56 am

Had my second consult on the weekend. Doctor seemed pretty knowledgeable on the subject.

He said that he will not use anterior scoring (incision on the front), and only weaken the cartilage from the back... He said he is not going to cut any cartilage at all, and use Mersilene braided sutures (stronger hold which is good because I am an older patient).


Anything other advice you have for me before I go forward with this? I just really don't want to have some of the complications I read are rare, but possible.

Thanks
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Re: Otoplasty ... very scared and help would be greatly appre

Postby Desouza » Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:59 am

He said the head dressing/bandage should be left on for 5-7 days, 24/7, at which point it will come off and I will have to wear a sports headband 24/7 for another 3 weeks.

Most places I read say only during the night time with the headband.. Is it really necessary to be wearing it 24/7 for 3 weeks? Because ill be in school and I don't think thats possible.

He said it's mainly to prevent an accident causing trauma to the ears.

Can I get away with just at night, and being very careful during the day?
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