Can Ear Surgeries Be Revised?
- Asked by mbalta in tucson, az
- 4 years ago
I had my ears pinned. The ears are not pinned the same amount, and one is pinned back too far. Is this a procedure that can be "reversed" at least a bit?
If there are issues from your initial otoplasty, you can choose to do a revisional otoplasty. Depending on what point you are at during your healing process, you should wait to see the full results. If enough time has passed, I recommend seeing your facial plastic surgeon for a revisional otoplasty or obtain a couple of opinions from other facial plastic surgeons to ensure the best results.
Reversing an otoplasty
Reversing an otoplasty can be challenging and difficult to predict. However, if this is a concern, the wound can be explored and possibly reversed.
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It is possible to reverse slightly the ear that is pinned too much although it is a challenging procedure. It might be easier to pin the other ear back further. Conservative measures if your are not too far out can help the ear that is pinned back too much as well. I hope this information helps.
Yes, revision Otoplasty is possible
Revision otoplasty is possible. I would recommend seeing your surgeon to get his opinion on your result. If you have any concerns after this visit seek a second opinion. I often tell patient's "Breasts are like sisters, they look alike, but are not identical". This goes for ears as well. Warmest Regrards, Dr. Pippin.
Revision otoplasty is certainly possible. The actual procedure done will determine what can be modified. If cartilage has been cut or removed, then revision may be limited or impossible. Seek a second opinion by an experienced surgeon and bring a copy of your operative report for him to review.
Otoplasty surgery can be revised. However, you must weigh the benefits of redoing the surgery with the risks. IIf the difference is greater than 1 - 2 millimeters, you may wish to consider a revision. You will need to accept that the ears will not be precisely the same.
Revising asymmetric ears after otoplasty
Yes, your ears can be revised after otoplasty. Otoplasty is a surgery of millimeters. A difference of more than 3 mm between the 2 ears will be noticed by the human eye. If your ears were symmetric after your surgery, and now they are not, it is possible that a suture failed early in the healing process so you lost some correction on one side. It is usually just a matter of replacing this suture in order to correct the problem. This can be done once the initial swelling has resolved, usually after 3 months or so. If the difference between the two ears is more subtle, then it is best to wait a full year before a revision. Hope that helps!
Ear reshpaping can be revised
Reshaping the ear is a complex process and depending on the healing final results may not meet patient expectations. The procedure can be revised as appropriate. Quite often you will "lose" some of the correction over time and many surgeons over correct slightly to account for this. Consult with your original surgeon and discuss whether a revision is appropriate.
Can Otoplasty Be Revised?
The answer is - probably. You should first allow adequate time to completely heal following your otoplasty procedure. This means waiting up to 6-9 months before making a final judgement regarding the outcome. It is not unusual for the ears to heal in an asymmetric manner. This can be explained by many factors, including degree of asymmetry before the procedure as well as bleeding or swelling on one side more than the other. Eventually much of the asymmetry noted during the first few months resolves, leaving the ears looking more even down the road.
If there is still a difference that is obvious, most experienced otoplasty surgeons can perform a revision procedure to improve the situation. This might involve bringing one ear in further or releasing one ear to allow it to move outward a short distance. I would recommend revisiting the surgeon who performed the ear reshaping, since they would know best what was done to the ears the first time. Good luck.
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