LEARN, SHOP & CHAT ABOUT PLASTIC SURGERY, BEAUTY AND ANTI-AGING
You're here: Home > Message Boards > Plastic Surgery > Otoplasty, Ear Surgery

Plastic Surgery, Beauty, Skin Care Message Boards & Blogs

Our message boards are for all of us who want to talk, listen, share, and support fellow women and men interested in discussing plastic surgery, beauty treatments, pregnancy, gynecological concerns, aging, and various health conditions. You can read messages without logging in. To post a message, please log in or register. It's free...and being a member gives you access to important information. By using the Message Boards, you agree to the Message Boards Policies.

SUBSCRIBE: Sign up to get newsletter with weekly popular topics discussed on the boards  
 

Unexpected asymmetry after unilateral otoplasty, help!

Unexpected asymmetry after unilateral otoplasty, help!

Postby noiro » Mon May 19, 2014 4:28 am

It is now 11 days post-op. Only left ear was operated to pin back a protruding cup-ear. Dissolvable sutures were used. Concerns:
A) The ear appears to be too close to the head,over-corrected (not so clear from pics)
B) It looks bigger vertically (quite clear from pics)

1.How could the size change? Is it the swelling, or is the ear shape wrong or attached in wrong angle? (It was not different size before)

2.I know in time it can get better, BUT is there a window of opportunity to fix now which would close later? Especially regarding the overcorrection?

3.Questions about the headband. Could not wearing it help it settle better? I had a pretty tight bandage for the first 3-5 days. Did this do harm? Could not wearing it affect the healing badly?

Some pics mirrored. I drew an exaggeration for clarity.
TY for help, I expected this to be a super simple procedure and the surgeon did not warn about any of this. He also seems to be very busy so I haven't reached him. I've been pretty depressed over this.
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Last edited by noiro on Thu May 29, 2014 1:41 pm, edited 1 time in total.
noiro
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Mon May 19, 2014 4:18 am



Re: Unexpected asymmetry after unilateral otoplasty, help!

Postby noiro » Thu May 29, 2014 1:25 pm

It is now exactly 3 weeks since the operation.
I don't know if anyone cares, but it annoyed me when others never updated how things ended, so I decided I'd finish this in case someone in the future stumbles upon this post with similar worries.



Today within 24 hours the asymmetry has improved dramatically. Yesterday it still looked wonky. I realized now that in flesh/on video it looked worse than in the pics I posted. Not just in my head, others commented too. It really looked like they were on different levels/angle/different size.. just bad.. like I had 2 different pair ears just slapped randomly on my head. The camera lense kind of didn't capture that as well.

I am so relieved. I can't believe how quickly things changed. I've had all kinds of weird sensations come and go (aching,burning, wetness, twisting, itching) and today not much. The antihelix is still thick, but after that scare I'll gladly take this. It's also not looking overcorrected anymore, the outer ear is visible from behind the antihelix. The frontal view seems symmetrical. If I really concentrate maybe I can still see a little bit of the asymmetry but it doesn't seem noticeable, and I may be just used to the obsessing now. Ptsd, lol. And things might still improve.
I might take a picture later, but those will probably not be uploaded anymore whenever someone sees this post.
noiro
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Mon May 19, 2014 4:18 am



Re: Unexpected asymmetry after unilateral otoplasty, help!

Postby DCJeff » Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:39 pm

I'm glad your ears' symmetry has improved! Maybe it was swelling that just took time to go down?
For what it's worth, from even the initial photos you posted, they look good to me.
I'm glad you got a good result.
DCJeff
 
Posts: 8
Joined: Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:26 pm



Products That Customers Interested in This Topic Are Buying



Return to Otoplasty, Ear Surgery

 

Featured Specialists











 
//test