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Ask An Expert > Peter Aldea Message Board > Basically, what are the possibilities to undo otoplasty? I had it some time ago, and I am now regreting it big time!
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Basically, what are the possibilities to undo otoplasty? I had it some time ago, and I am now regreting it big time!
I was in a period with emotional problems and had it done, without considering the big impact an opereration that did not go well could have! I was missing the lowest part of the anthelix fold, wich made my ear potrude a little, and my surgeon just pinned back the lowet part of the ear, making my ear get a totally diff shape, and a very thick fold down the ear, that looks very odd.. I was thinking if it might be possible to unbend the lower part of the ear, maybe by placing some cartilage behind the ear to help it hold its form? I've read some stating it can't be done, and some saying it can..


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A potentially easy fix  June 16, 2009 10:01 AM

I ma sorry to hear about your dissatisfaction with your otoplasty surgery. Depending upon the technique used, a reversal may be as easy as removing some permanent suture placed in or behind your ear that may be even performed under local anesthesia in the doctors office. I recommend a consult with a board certified plastic surgeon who performs otoplasties regularly. I hope this helps. www.drsteely.com

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  June 25, 2009 9:33 PM

Agree with above post. The commonest cause of failure of otoplasty is suture failure and resumption of previous shape. IF the technique used consisted only of sutures bending the antihelix, removing the sutures will cause the ear to spring into its former shape after scar release. If the cartilage was cut or thinned (Senstrom tech) this will be more challenging. Good Luck. Peter Aldea, MD

  June 27, 2009 2:36 AM

Well, my PS told me that she used a technique that consists of weakening the cartilage using a rasp, and then bending it in the new shape with sutures. Is that the same as thinning the cartilage? Is it not possible to to remove the sutures and then make the cartilage weak again and then move it out to the old shape, or at least close to it?



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