What You Need to Know About Ear Reconstruction


Suffering from defects that compromise the way your ears look can be embarrassing and hard to live with. There are several medical conditions that can affect the appearance of your audit appendages. Some of these conditions include trauma, cancer and congenital defects. No matter what your reasoning is for ear reconstruction, it is best that you learn about the procedure so you can make the best decision as to whether or not or have it to alleviate your condition. It is important to note that in order for this body part to be reconstructed, a specialist that completely understands the anatomy of the outer auditory canal. With the assistance of technology and some innovative techniques, patients can end up with replicas that look and feel realistic.

Otoplasty is used to change the appearance of auditory canals that sit out too far from the scalp. This is a medical option that is best for those who are currently unhappy about their appearance. This can be done to help improve self-perceivable deformities and irregularities with the ears. Once done, patients usually experience a boost in self confidence and self-esteem.

Occidentally children are born with missing or misshapen portions of their outer auditory system. When this happens it can result in the child growing up and having to deal with the cruelness of childhood. Other children will notice this deformity and often resort to making the afflicted child feel like an outsider. Not only can this lead to poor body image and self-esteem issues, it can also lead to the development of some negative behavioral issues. In order to improve the quality of life your child has and to give them a better chance of being socially accepted by their peers, you may want to see a specialist that performs ear reconstruction surgery or microtia repair. In many cases the surgeon can use two different techniques to recreate the outer auditory canal. Synthetic material or tissue from the patient's own body can be used.

It is important to seek out a consultation as soon as microtia is diagnosed. The sooner you get this condition treated, the sooner you can prevent your child from having to suffer from the cruelness of others who do not understand and make it a point to draw attention to their deformity. You can expect for your child to have a thorough medical history and examination taken. Your child's hearing may be tested by an audiologist as well. During your initial consultation, you can expect to discuss what you options are for otoplasty surgery.

After ear reconstruction procedure has been performed, your child will be wearing bandages for a few days on their head. There may be some tightness associated with the bandages, but this discomfort will resolve over time. The bandages are worn to help keep the ears in place while your child heals from the operation. Your surgeon will instruct you on what to do and expect after the procedure to help during your child's recovery.

Anna Woodward