- Asked by rick1234 in Baulkham Hills, 02
- 2 years ago
hello i recently had otoplasty surgery my ears seems to be over corrected and dont look normal at all i was wondering once the dissovable stitches come out will they spring out at all? i am very concerned and not happy about them. could u please help!
Waiting for a natural rebound of the ears is always the best bet. If you progress to more than 2-3 months postop, your overcorrection will likely be long-lasting. Massaging the ears strategically may help release some of the tension from your sutures, but if you had significant cartilage removal, massage then may not work too well. In the latter case a revisioin may be necessary. In general, always talk to your doctor, who of course would know the particular procedure you had done. A thorough evaluation is necesary.
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I agree with you on your photos. Usually ears will relapse a certain after otoplasy. I would give it several months before considering revision. Donald Nunn MD Plastic Surgeon.
Can otoplasty overcorrection be fixed?
There is always some initial overcorrection that adjusts after several weeks. If, by 4-6 weeks, the ears still look too close to the head then the likelihood is that a correction is needed. The problem can be solved, but how depends on the techniques used in the first operation. Most likely thre are stitches inside the ear that can be released and replaced more loosely to adjust the position.
Recent Ear Surgery Reviews
Ear Surgery Photos
Ears too tight against my head
The question is when is "recently?" If you had the surgery in the last couple of weeks, you have nothing to worrry about ( but speak with your physician in any event). If you had surgery more than a few months ago, you should inquire about a revision procedure.
Yes, if dissolvable sutures were used, over-correction is necessary because the ear will relax back once the sutures dissolve. In order to see an improvement, the doctor must over correct. When I perform an Otoplasty, I use permanent sutures. As a result, over-correction is not necessary and the results are permanent.
Otoplasty Over Correction
The ears have a tendency to return to their original shape. This is why plastic surgeons tend to over correct slightly, to allow for "recoil". Do not be alarmed and wait until your ears are done healing, which typically takes about 6-12 weeks. When you return to your plastic surgeon for a follow up, discuss your concerns. I’m sure they will explain the procedure and reassure you of a favorable outcome after the healing process is mature. If there is persistent over-correction, it may be correctable with a minor touch up in the appropriate time frame.
Overdone Otoplasty: Don't have to live with it.
Nearly all Otoplasty techniques rely upon permanent sutures in the cartilages to hold them in place. Exploring the repair, re-doing the sutures may be all that is required. It would be wise to obtain the original operative report to see exactly how it was done the first time.
If the swelling from the initial surgery has subsided, and you feel your ears have been overcorrected, you may benefit from a revision to "relax" the ear. Depending on the specific technique used, you may or may not expect the ear to relax slightly in the coming year. However, for many otoplasty techniques, the change can be permanent if you wait too long. The best thing to do is to contact your surgeon to be evaluated. Best of luck!
Your ears will likely relax 3-4mm during the first year after Otoplasty Surgery.
I read your concern. It's common to see a few millimeters of relaxation over the first year after your Otoplasty Surgery. Feel free to post or email your photos, along with a description of what bothers you, and I'll be happy to share my thoughts with you.
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Otoplasty Results Can be Adjusted Fairly Easily Within The First Month After Surgery
The initial results after otoplasty surgery can look a little overcorrected. This is usually the look within the first week or so. They should relax back to what was seen on the operative table in a few weeks. If they are back too far after a few weeks or a month however, it is likely that they are going to stay that way with too much retropositioning or an abnormal auriculocpehalic angle. Since it is the responsibility of the sutures to hold the ears in placed for about 6 weeks after surgery until scar tissues forms, they can be adjusted within this time frame by simply removed a few sutures or replacing them. After a few months, however, scar tissue has formed and such easy adjustability is no longer possible.
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