(Cosmetic Nose Reshaping)

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What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is more commonly known as a ‘nose job’ and involves reshaping and/or reducing the size of the nose.

Since the nose is a prominent facial feature, many people are self-conscious about its size and shape. There are many reasons that people are unhappy with their nose before surgery, including inheriting features from their parents, or having their nose broken as a result of an accident.

The purpose of a rhinoplasty procedure is to form a well-balanced nose that is in proportion to the face by targeting a number of key areas such as size, shape, and angle, to improve the overall appearance of the nose.
The procedure is performed by an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist or a plastic surgeon and is usually performed as a day case surgery under general anaesthetic (asleep).

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The Otoplasty Procedure

Ear pinning combines removal of the skin from the back of the ear, cartilage sparing and scoring with nonabsorbable mattress pull back sutures. This combination of techniques helps the surgeon to construct the ideal shape and better positioning of the patient’s ears.

There are two techniques that are commonly used to perform ear pinning or ear reshaping during otoplasty:

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Cartilage sparing

In this technique, a surgeon uses stitches and sutures to change the ear’s position and shape. A cartilage sparing otoplasty surgery is non-invasive, often resulting in smooth, natural-looking curvatures.

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Cartilage scoring

In this technique, a surgeon creates incisions(cuts) in the cartilage to rearrange, add, or remove the tissue. There is a greater risk of scarring when this technique is used, but those scars are difficult to see.

In both cases, your surgeon will begin by making a small incision at the back of your ear, allowing access the cartilage for the necessary procedure. After the surgery is complete, the cartilage is then reshaped and excess skin is removed. Finally, if necessary, the ear is repositioned more closely to the head, before the incision site is secured with stitches. Once the otoplasty surgery is complete, the patient’s head will be wrapped with special heavily-padded cotton bandages, referred to as “fluff bandages”, for healing. The actual surgery will last about 2-3 hours, depending on the complexity of the procedure for your particular case.

In the case of reconstructive otoplasty, cartilage can be removed from the patient’s ribs to augment the ear and help it to gain a more natural look. If a skin graft is necessary, the tissue is usually transferred from the patient’s upper buttock area.

Dr. Ertan Erel
Otoplasty Surgeon

Dr. Ertan is a highly skilled plastic surgeon, offering a wide range of cosmetic procedures for his private patients at clinics in London, Birmingham, Warrington, Manchester and Glasgow. 

Otoplasty; or more simply ear correction surgery has been part of his surgical repertoire for the last 10 years. 

Surgical options with Dr. Ertan include:

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Downtime and Recovery

For a few days after surgery, the patient can remove the fluff bandages, but we recommend wearing a lighter bandage for another few days. Approximately one week following the procedure, all bandages can be removed. To heal properly we recommend the following aftercare:
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Otoplasty Results

Otoplasty gives immediate results in cases of protruding ears, the outcome of which can be seen once the dressings, that support the new shape of the ear during initial phases of healing, are removed. As the ears after surgery are permanently positioned closer to the head, surgical scars are either hidden behind the ear or in the natural creases of the ear. The outcome of more extensive cosmetic otoplasty and reconstructive otoplasty may appear in stages over time. The patient can return to school or work within a week of the surgery. Regular activity and exercise can restart within two weeks. If you’re unsatisfied with your results, ask your surgeon about the possibility of revision surgery.

The goal of otoplasty is to surgically correct protruding or deformed ears. Otoplasty will not alter hearing ability. What is important for successful otoplasty is that the ears align in proportion to the size and shape of the face and head.

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