Otoplasty is a common surgical procedure performed to “pin back” or correct protruding ears. The surgery can be performed on adults as well as on children over five years of age. It is often recommended at an early age to help alleviate teasing at school by other children. Many parents are often unaware of or underestimate the severe psychological trauma that can result from such harassment.
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Advantages of Dr. Chugay’s Technique
The standard technique often produces artificial-looking sharp edges because it requires reduction of a strip of cartilage. Such methodology is unnecessary except in a very limited number of cases because the appearance of large ears is not caused by the actual ear size but by the angle of their position relative to the patient’s head.
Dr. Chugay’s otoplasty includes a technique of creating a natural-looking ear fold. The cartilage of the protruding ear is incised in two places and sutured together with sutures. No cartilage is removed. This method yields the natural-looking ear fold with smooth edges.
How Common is the Technique that Dr. Chugay Uses?
The technique utilized by Dr. Chugay is not uncommon, and it has been independently popularized by many plastic and cosmetic surgeons. Nonetheless, most surgeons still continue utilizing the standard procedure. To ensure that you or your child end up with natural-looking ears, make sure that your surgeon does not use the standard technique.
After your Surgery
The improvement from surgery is readily apparent, although the final result will not be evident for several weeks due to swelling and other natural changes that are a result of healing. Swelling and bruising are normal, but usually disappear within a week or so. Patients usually return to full activity by the end of two weeks, although it is necessary to protect the ears from trauma or bending until healing is more complete. Discomfort is mild and rarely is pain medication required.