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Ear Correction/Otoplasty - Stitch Method - Does This Look Right??? - Sydney, AU

I had the stitch method ear correction performed 5...

I had the stitch method ear correction performed 5 days ago. I was so excited to have it as I've wanted my ears done since a little girl and due to other serious health issues couldn't put myself through another surgery or risk infection with the traditional method. I know it is very early days and I'm sure that's what I'll be told but I feel more deformed than before. Does this look normal for this timeframe?? My ear looks folded. The doctor was very good when I told him I've been in tears and I'm going back to see him in three weeks when the swelling goes down and potentially put another stitch lower down to pull the rest back and hopefully not look so obvious (my suggestion) but will the top still look so folded and the tip closest to head still be far from my head? Could I put another stitch at the very top to bring it closer to my head? Any help would be greatly appreciated

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Can any doctor try your stitch method, is it open for anyone to use it if they wish? Do you have training videos ? How did the girl in Sydney have it done? Do you have clinic there Dr Merck?
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Hallo admiral_awesome777. In a publication that appeared in the „Journal für Ästhetische Chirurgie” (Journal of Aesthetic Surgery) in 2013, I described how to pin protruding ears with the stitch method for doctors. Training videos do not exist. I do not know whether the girl in Sydney had her ears pinned with my stitch method or not. I don’t have a clinic in Sydney.
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May i ask where in Sydney did you get this done?
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Your need to visit with your doctor again. Or another doctor . What I see is not a normal out come. I had mine done in February and they look great. Don't wait!
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i agree with admiral your ears were very neat and in the right position to start with. it was good you had the less invasive procedure. i would get all the stitches removed and they should be back to roundabout what they were obviously some scarring would of taken place and put behind you as a experience.Even with this method you need to to have someone who as done it many times but i guess all surgeons have to start from rocky beginnings.
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I also find your before ears to be perfectly normal and cute! Why was it you felt they needed to be altered ? To alter an ear that does not need altering means you end up with an ear that is over folded as they never needed to be folded in the beginning ? Why was it about your ears that you hated? Did the surgeon not advice that they were normal ? They look normal in before pic
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They look over folded . Was this the Merck Stitch Method, if so they need to help you FREE OF CHARGE to correct. It's really important that a surgeon cares and listens to their patients and corrects things free of charge if they need to be changed .
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Sometimes the photos do not depict the problem accurately. I think the hollow of your ear ( that is referred to as the conchal bowl) is very large due to excess cartilage. The natural curve of the cartilage of the conchal bowl is to face forward. once the swelling comes down you will be able to assess better. Surgical resection of the excess of the cartilage will be one way to achieve a good result
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Thank you so much for your reply, I really appreciate your time
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The advantage of the stitch method is that if one is not satisfied with the result, the position of the ear can be changed by the removal of one or more threads and the placement of new threads. However, I advise you not to have this done till at least 3 months after the operation as only then can the result be adequately assessed. It is quite possible that the position of the ears could still change till then. Furthermore, I recommend, in the case of a necessary revision operation, that you co-determine the new position of your ears during the operation with the aid of a hand mirror. This possibility is just one of the many advantages of the stitch method over the traditional methods.
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Thank you so much for your reply Dr Merck, I really appreciate your expertise. I understand it's early days but most of the "after" photos I see look good even if they are still swollen and not quite in shape. I feel mine look a bit strange and elf like. I'm going to see the doctor on Wednesday can you let me know the best way to explain to him as he's relatively new in using your method. I believe that another stitch lower down would draw the bottom of the ear back and give it a more believable shape from the front, back and side but I'm so paranoid about the fold over at the top of each ear and am unsure how this could be rectified. I will add some new photos as examples.
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Hallo galinaus, from my point of view there is nothing else to say except for what I wrote in my last comment on March 24, 2014. I recommend you to talk about my comment with your doctor.
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Hi doctor Merck do you know of a good doctor that you can recommend in Los Angeles or Beverly Hills. I have been unsuccessful in finding one. My ear just need to be taped back they are protruding too much. Thanks
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Hallo Azzie. If you would like to be operated on with the Dr Merck stitch method, then I do not know of any doctor in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills or the rest of the USA that pins protruding ears with this method.
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