thank you so much for the time given to us. I read your pages paying attention to all the infos and I like the way you think and act.
This should not be construed as medical advice. I am a retired Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Thank you for your kind words.
In relation with the microtia surgeons what i said is due to the fact that it's very hard to understand in a few minutes interview how a doctor is able to make his work.
First of all not so many doctors have a book with their photos so it's hard to judge their surgeries. Moreover I saw that they usually show their easiest cases and not how they are able to correct really over protrunding ears or ears that need a revision. I don't know if you share my idea but even on internet you can see this: they always show you the best cases ever.
I agree. I gave up on the in office "book" of images very early in my career as ineffective and wasteful of my time with my patient. Spending hours with each patient in the office for each consult was not practical. Yet, patients could comfortably spend hours on my site in the comfort of their homes before traveling to see me or have a Preliminary Remote Discussion
There is so much to learn and understand from a patient's perspective, that i felt each had to spend time on my internet site before
coming to my office for elective surgery. If someone came to the office without such learning, they were asked to return after they spent time on the web. I needed my patient already aware of the basic issues as presented on my site, so I could take that individual to a new level beyond the basics. This permitted a patient to participate in their discussion and empowered them in the decision process.
Another thing I noticed is that is hard to understand what is really "normal": if you see on internet it seems that the ears should be as more attached to the head as possible while, as you can see on your site, some ears should be still visible after a surgery! and when I asked 3 different surgeon for a revision one told me my ears were ok, one told me that my ears were still prominent (but I really did not like how he spoke cause it seemed I must have another surgery) and another one was like "ok your upper part is promient so we can make it better".
Just what defines the Natural Look or Beautiful Ear
depends on the eye of the beholder. One shape ear does not fit all faces. I spent years studying ears in art and people watching and decided to demonstrate my own opinion online so that people could understand my values before having surgery done by me. Otherwise it is a guessing game as to what a surgeon might be offering.
I'll post my photo on this forum when i have time but I have to admit that it's very hard to find a good surgeon cause many of them are more used to make breasts and noses than ears
This is the power of the Internet. A surgeon, like myself, who had a passion for ear surgery, could offer a gallery of sculpture to show why someone might want to come a great distance for my artistry. I have been honored by my Plastic Surgeons for my pioneering work in this public education. As other who have such skills learn to use such tools, other resources should become available. It is a matter of education and a learning process. This forum and my site are tools for the public, a museum of sorts, to bring others to show the possibilities of what can be done.
We look forward to seeing your pictures. Consider using our Standard Pictures for Ears and Otoplasty
which evolved as a tool to document and analyze ear contours. Carefully follow the instructions to make the images a good tool to help others understand the issues involved.
Hope this helps,
Michael Bermant, MDLearn More About Otoplasty Ear Surgery