From Dr. Lampert:
EOtoplasty: 3 months postop. Otoplasty, or plastic surgery of the ear, dates back to the 5th century BC where it was described in the ancient Indian medical tome, the Sushruta samhita. Historically, horse hair suture was used to tie or pin the ear cartilage back to the mastoid region of the skull. Today, most of us use a combination of procedures described by Dieffenbach (1840’s) and Mustarde (1960s). Like most of my contemporaries, I use nylon suture instead of horse hair. This patient underwent the entire procedure with local anesthesia. (The prior patient had general anesthesia for a similar procedure). Either is a reasonable option for adults, as the ear is an easy region to block. Young children require general anesthesia for most otoplasties, as it is often difficult to get them to hold still long enough - even when numbX
* Individual results may vary.