Explore Details - Otoplasty Surgery
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Ear surgery usually takes about 2 to 3 hours, complicated operations can take longer. Each anatomical problem requires its own solution. Hair does not need to be shaved for this operation.
Anesthesia is usually local with or without sedation. This surgery was done in Dr. Bermant's Accredited Surgery Center.
|Most techniques use an incision behind the ear to expose the ear cartilage.|
|Typically, Dr. Bermant leaves the excess skin behind the ear to better fill in this contour. Initially, this extra can look redundant. Long term results are often superior when not removing this initial excess.|
|Several permanent sutures fold the cartilage (anthelix) to its new height away from the skull. Notice the ruler held to determine the distance for each of the sutures as they are tied.|
These permanent sutures are used to bend the deformed ear. The Mustarde technique is one of the most common methods of ear correction.
|The superficial tissue is most often closed with a combination of several types of dissolvable sutures.|
|Dr. Bermant maximizes his patients comfort by using these dissolvable sutures when possible.|
|This is the ear after both anterior otobrasion and Mustarde suture folding of cartilage. Notice the limited swelling and bruising with Dr. Bermant's ear surgery techniques.|
|Dressings for the ear start with a nonstick layer.|
|Moist cotton padding forms a cast to protect the reconstruction.|
|Bulky padding helps protect the ear and a formal ear dressing is held in place with some tape.|
|Dr. Bermant applies his after otoplasty surgery ear dressing.|