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traveling for surgeryDepending on where you live, the availability of quality plastic surgery can be scarce. Some people have to travel to get their procedures done. Consider a recent article for Dr. Prem titled “5 Reconstructive plastic surgeries popular with medical tourists.”

The author of the article writes, “Although most people consider plastic surgery to be a part of beauty enhancement, it’s much more than that. There is a difference between cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery. Cosmetic surgery is all about enhancing your appearance by resizing and reshaping your physical features. On the other hand, plastic surgery focuses on ‘reconstruction’ of birth defects, such as cleft lip or palate. Reconstructive surgery can repair the part of the body that’s affected from physical issues. Here are five different types of reconstructive plastic surgeries for medical tourists… Cleft lip or palate repair is a surgery done to fix birth defects of upper lip and palate. A cleft lip can be a small notch in the lip, or a complete split in the lip- going the way to base of the nose. On the other hand, a cleft palate can be on one or both sides of the roof of the mouth. For cleft lip surgery, you’ll be given general anesthesia so that you couldn’t feel the pain. Further, the surgeon will trim the tissues and sew the
lip together. Don’t worry about the stitches, these will heal and completely disappear with time… Otoplasty is the surgery of ear, and it’s done to improve the shape, as well as position of the defected ear. As mentioned before reconstructive surgery is not to enhance beauty, but to reshape of resize organ structures that are present at birth. This specific surgery is also to improve any birth defect in ears. Ears are the important part of human body and necessary to maintain balance and proportion of the body. Therefore, this surgery is undergone only after careful examination. So, anyone who is worried about his/her disfigured or protruded ears can go for this medical treatment.”

If you are considering otoplasty, you need a surgeon you can trust. Rex E. Moulton-Barrett, M.D. is internationally known and acknowledged. He is board certified with The American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and The American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Otoplasty is one among many procedures provided by Dr. Moulton-Barrett’s office.

When it comes to otoplasty, Dr. Moulton-Barrett provides procedures for ears that stick out and to correct the oversized conchal bowl.

During recovery, a gentle pressure dressing is placed on the head to provide slight pressure on the ears and maintain their new position as well as to minimize swelling and excessive fluid accumulation beneath the skin. We will remove this dressing in 5-7 days. All of the incisions are closed with stitches that dissolve and don’t have to be removed. As soon as your head dressing is removed, patients can wash their hair. You will need to wear a comfortable cloth band or hat to train the ears to remain close to the side of the head ideally for 6 weeks or a minimum of 10 days.

If you’re considering a an otoplasty, contact us for a consultation.