Basic facts about otoplasty procedure

According to the otoplasty description, an otoplasty procedure is commonly referred to as ear surgery (or ear punning). It is performed to correct the placement or size of human`s ears. The surgery is usually performed on children of four to fourteen years of age. It can save a person from adolescent ridicule. Sometimes, the otoplasty procedure can be performed on adults as well. If the otoplasty procedure has been properly performed it makes the human ears more proportional to the head and face shape.
Otoplasty procedure is considered to be the description of surgeries designed to give the auricle a more natural look. Speaking about the otoplasty description, it`s interesting to pay attention to some facts of its history and origins. The first man to describe the correction of the post-traumatic auricular deformity was Dieffenbach (in 1845). The first man to describe a cosmetic otoplasty procedure was Ely, who did it in 1881. As a matter of fact, he managed to perform a wedge excision of full-thickness skin to reduce the ear prominence. After this several numerous cartilage and skin execution techniques were employed by such outstanding medical experts as Monks, Cochetil and Keen. Throughout the 1890s, they were aimed at reducing the noticeable scarring. The further advancement these procedures got during the first two decades of the 20th century. The otoplasty procedures were advanced by Morestin, who was famous to excise elliptical pieces of cartilage and skin in 1903. Another man to advance an otoplasty procedure technique was Luckett. He is known to make an attempt to reconstruct the antihelical fold in 1910. The third man was Kolle who made a remarkable contribution to the “springy ear shell” mobilizing by linear incisions in 1911. It`s worthy admitting that over the next twenty years tissue grafting came into popular practice. However, according to such medical experts of that time as Eitner (1937), Demel (1935) and Alexander (1928), who used conchal excisions, some certain wrinkling and cartilaginous protrusions often persisted. Nowadays, otoplasty is considered to be the efficient treatment of injuries, diseases or various deformations of the ear`s auditory tube. Speaking about the otoplasty procedure it`s necessary to pay attention to various causes which are likely to make otoplasty an urge. For example, among the common deformities are “a cup ear” (observed when outer ear parts develop asymmetrically or irregularly), “a lop ear” (when the inner part of an external ear, also known as concha, grows at a right angle, but not parallel to it) and “a cauliflower ear” (the deformation which is usually caused by inflammation of injury). According to the recent studies regarding an otoplasty procedure, the patients are usually happy with the results of the surgery. Nevertheless, proper attention should be paid to the otoplasty after care and possible complications. A patient`s head after the ear surgery is wrapped in a special bulky bandage to facilitate the proper healing and molding. Unfortunately, the ears often throb or ache for a couple of days. However, such a condition can easily be relieved with particular pain medications. The bulky bandages on the patients head are replaced within the several days after the ear surgery. Incomplete correction of prominent ears is probably among the most undesirable otoplasty procedure outcomes. That`s why it`s very important to carry out a thorough preoperative analysis.
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