Otoplasty is plastic surgery performed on the ears. It is done to correct the position, size and/or shape of the ears. It may be done on both adults and children, although most surgeons in Melbourne and elsewhere usually prefer to operate on children who are at least five years old. By that age, the cartilage in their ears is typically stable enough for correction, and the child is generally old enough to communicate with the surgeon and their parents and able to follow directions.
What is Ear Pinning?
Ear pinning is a common procedure in Melbourne done to move protruding ears closer to the sides of the head. During this type of otoplasty procedure, the surgeon gains access to the cartilage in order to remove and/or rearrange any excess skin and cartilage. He may also use sutures to reposition the ear.
What is Macrotia?
Macrotia is a condition in which a patient has abnormally large ears. It may be caused by a birth defect or the aging process, as ears are among the few body parts that continue growing throughout a person’s lifetime. That’s why an older person’s ears are typically bigger than a younger person’s.
In most cases, the upper half of the ear is particularly outsized, so the surgeon may concentrate on the ear’s top half. The challenge in such an otoplasty procedure is reducing the size and keeping a natural-looking ear rim. The surgeon may remove excess cartilage and skin and then reshape the ear to give it a more normal look.
What is Cauliflower Ear?
Cauliflower ear is a deformity generally caused by a blow or injury to the ear; it is most commonly caused by sports injuries. The condition is caused by a blockage within the ear’s blood vessels that eventually causes the cartilage to die and fold in on itself. Fibrous scar tissue grows and helps give the ear its characteristic shape. Most cauliflower ears are corrected with otoplasty surgery.
What is a Split Earlobe?
A split earlobe is another deformity caused by injury. In many cases in Melbourne, they are caused by overly heavy earrings or by earrings that got caught in something and were forcibly pulled out of the patient’s earlobe.
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