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Old 03-13-2010, 06:12 PM   #11
 
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Perhaps if you specify that you want a subtle otoplasty that might help, however, many times docs are too aggressive in their approach with this particular surgery.

When I say docs perform too many surgeries I do not mean a surgeon who does 200 rhinoplasties every six months. I mean a surgeon that claims to be a specialist in everything under the sun, like a doc that claims he or she can fix every issue from head to toe.

It's good that you are only using facial specialists, but it is definitely in your best interest to visit multiple surgeons. As you learn more, ask more questions, and visit more surgeons you will be a well informed plastic surgery candidate who can make intelligent and well researched decisions. Remember you need to be in control ... not the surgeon.
I understand your point of view, and I agree with you. If I decide on the otoplasty, i do. It want ears pulled all the way to the back. I will definitely ask for a more modest change. My pain problem is, I think, is the fact tat my ear lobes point forward.

I also understand what you mean by 'too many types many surgeries'. The doctors I've chosen work exclusively on the face. The vast majority of websites show most doctors perform body and face surgeries, which is not ok with me. However, it's a litle confusing because some of the feedback I've gotten implies the facial doctors I've chosen still conduct too many types of surgeries although they only focus on the face. What I'm trying to understand is, when I look at a facial doctor, how many types of surgeries are too many? Are rhinoplasty, otoplasty, facelift, brow lift and chin implants too many for a doctor to advertise in his clinic?
Do you have an example of a doctor's website that has a limited set of advertised surgeries? That would really help me to get an idea of what a good threshold is.
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:21 AM   #12
 
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As Mr. Z stated in the cheek implant thread, ears are not pulled back when an otoplasty is performed.

It is not the number of surgeries a doctor performs or specifically a facial oriented plastic surgeon performs, it is just a red flag when the doc claim they can fix everything from A to Z. Instead of being concerned with a facial surgeon doing too many surgeries, if he or she already has an arena of expertise (focusing on the face), now concern yourself with the quality of his or her work.

The internet is a great place to get info and see photos, but the best way to find a surgeon is to see a real live former patient or preferably patients. Also seeing before and after photos in person is a better method to employ as well. Docs sometimes use photoshop on their sites too. A doctor who only has a few before and afters is probably not the go to guy (or gal). Many only show a few pics, and when the few pics shown are not indicative of good results that should be a red flag. Think of what they're not showing you as well. There is no number of photos or number of surgeries that will make the surgeon the one you should choose. These are merely guidelines you should consider so you can weed out the surgeons you don't want.

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Old 03-15-2010, 06:35 AM   #13
 
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Posted by forum member Mr. Z:

"The ears are not pulled back in otoplasty. The doctor cuts out a sliver of cartilage in back of the ears and then stitches them back together. See the pic."
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The reason why it's so hard for subtle results Just think about it, for every 1mm of cartilage you cut out at the base of the ear, it might change the outer ear tip projection by several times that amount!

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Just think about it, for every 1mm of cartilage you cut out at the base of the ear, it might change the outer ear tip projection by several times that amount!
Excellent comparison!!! This helps to explain why the results of most otoplastys are dismal!!!

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