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11 Common Myths About Ear Cosmetic Surgery

Can cosmetic ear surgery improve the way a person looks? Sometimes, the ears have a genetic
defect ; other times they are simply out of proportion for a person in relation to the head size and
shape. Sometimes they have been damaged due to an accident and need surgery in order to
correct them.
Here are some of the myths surrounding ear cosmetic procedures.
1. It is best to wait until the person is an adult to treat the ear surgically. This is
incorrect. Otoplasty can already be performed during the first grade.
2. Ears aren’t fully developed until adolescence. That’s not true. The human ear is fully
mature at the age of six years.
3. Microtia is a common congenital deformity among girls. This isn’t correct. This is a
growth defect, which is more common in boys.
4. Birth defects always occur on both sides. No, this is a myth. These problems often
appear only on one side, either left or right.
5. Children born with microtia (a congenital deformity) cannot hear at all. This is
incorrect. The part that is responsible for hearing is the inner ear. Microtia affects the

outer ear, making it smaller and slightly deformed. When the inside is intact, the ear is
able to pick up sounds.
6. Reconstruction operation is carried out in a lengthy operation. This is false. This
procedure is usually performed in two, three or four steps, depending on which technique
is chosen.
7. The components of bone reconstruction are of plastic. This isn’t true. Most of the
material is from the rib cartilage. Some parts of the ribs are rebuilt on a new skeleton for
the ear.
8. Deformities are extremely common. This is false. This birth defect occurs only in one
of every 6,000 to 12,000 births.
9. No one knows why microtia happens. False again. There are several theories about this
birth defect. One is that prescription drugs are to blame. Another is that it happens when
pregnant women are exposed to toxic substances. Another argument is that it is
something in the genetic predisposition of one of the parents.
10. Otoplasty is a frivolous cosmetic procedure. That is very untrue. An individual with
large protruding ears is the subject of taunts and insults throughout his childhood. The
child’s self-esteem can suffer greatly and the person may withdraw into depression or
social isolation.
11. Any doctor can perform restoration or cosmetic operations. This isn’t the case. A
specialist in cosmetic or reconstructive surgery is a necessity for these complex
procedures.
When is the best time to have a cosmetic ear surgery? It is best to get the word of mouth referrals
to qualified doctors and go for an initial consultation to see on the feasibility of the operation.
Improved appearance can lead to a better quality of life.


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