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How to Talk to Your Family About Plastic Surgery


It can be challenging to broach the topic of plastic surgery in a world where we want our children and family to appreciate our natural appearance and feel proud of who we are. 

This discussion involves a tricky balance, especially when a family member is trying to explain their decision to undergo cosmetic surgery in order to alter their physical looks in certain ways. 

Plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak concurs that it is indeed a delicate matter. She agrees that it a tough concept to discuss with someone, particularly close friends and family, about undergoing surgery to alter one’s appearance. Dr. Hustak informed that her father-in-law is a psychologist and she has had a discussion with him on this topic as well. 

Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding locations.

 

The Age of Your Child/Children Matter

When a parent makes the choice to undergo some type of cosmetic surgery, it is time to let their children get used to the idea that mom or dad will appear different soon. According to Dr. Hustak, the key is to take into consideration the age of the children. 

It can be tempting to hide surgical plans, but communication between children and parents about this issue is crucial. 

Patients should explain plans in a manner that is appropriate for the maturity level and age of each child. Younger children require fewer details while older children can make sense of a more open discussion about cosmetic surgery. 

Dr. Hustak advises patients to consider the age of the party receiving the information. She further states that the discussion on plastic surgery with a five-year-old will be much different than a 13-year-old, an 18-year-old, and a 30-year-old. Therefore, according to Dr. Hustak, taking age into consideration helps. 

 

Another Approach: Comparing Surgery to Other Changes

Exploring the field of plastic surgery and sharing some details openly with children can enable parents to prepare them for the process and the results. 

Dr. Hustak further says that explaining to kids how mom’s body changed after giving birth and what the specific procedure can do to fix her muscles can be significantly beneficial. She feels that highlighting the functional benefits may also make it easier to understand the procedure across all age groups. 

 

Consider a Short ‘Vacation’ away from Really Young Kids

Many young children tend to feel scared to see their mom coming home with bruises and bandages, or get concerned upon hearing that their mom is undergoing a change. Therefore, young kids do not need to know the intricate details of the surgery. 

It may be a good idea to schedule the procedure while they are away at a friend’s or grandparent’s house, or at camp. Alternatively, the patient can consider recovering at a friend or loved one’s place. 

In case children will be around as the patient recovers, they should let the kids know in advance that they are undergoing a procedure. 

The patient may choose to not explain the exact nature of the procedure to them, but should at least prepare them to expect certain changes. It is important to reassure small children that despite the bruises and bandages, mom or dad will be alright. 

Female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and nearby areas for plastic and reconstructive surgery. 

For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board-certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.354.5145 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.

Ear Plastic Surgery Procedure Steps

Ear Plastic Surgery Procedure Steps | Houston, TexasOtoplasty, also called ear pinning, is a cosmetic surgery procedure to reshape the ears to develop a more attractive and balanced facial appearance. 

The surgeon may use multiple surgical techniques to undertake the otoplasty procedure. The steps of the procedure may vary slightly based on the technique used. 

At the time of the pre-op consultation, the surgeon will explain the ear reshaping surgery as well as the steps involved in the procedure to the patient. The patient should unhesitatingly ask the surgeon any questions that they may have about the surgery or the surgeon’s credentials to make an enlightened choice.

Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides ear reshaping surgery to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding communities. 

 

Anesthesia 

A majority of ear reshaping procedures will be relatively less invasive and necessitate only local anesthesia with sedation for an adult patient. But in the case of children, the surgeon will typically undertake this procedure using general anesthesia. 

An anesthesiologist or a certified nurse anesthetist will administer the general anesthesia as well as oversee the entire procedure to monitor the patient’s response to the anesthetic. Otoplasty surgery usually takes less than two hours to complete. 

 

Incision and Cartilage Reshaping

The surgeon will begin the ear pinning plastic surgery after anesthesia by making an incision behind the ear. They will make this incision in a discreet manner to make sure that any future scarring remains hidden. The incision will give the surgeon access to the ear cartilage to allow them to reshape it properly.

The surgeon will reshape the cartilage in a precise and delicate manner to enhance the symmetry and proportion of the ears. If the ears are oversized, a large amount of cartilage may be removed. The surgeon will eliminate loose skin through the same incisions.

 

Ear Repositioning

If the ear is quite protuberant, the surgeon will need to reposition it closer to the sides of the head after cartilage reshaping. This is called ear pinning.

This step will typically involve cartilage sparing and scoring techniques in combination with removing skin from the back of the ear. The surgeon will customize the techniques to achieve the desired shape and position of the ears in a minimally invasive way.

 

Incision Closure 

Once the reshaping is complete, the surgeon will use absorbable or traditional sutures to close the incisions and then wrap the incision site in bandages temporarily.

 

Outpatient Procedure

Once the surgery is complete, the patient will be shifted to a recovery area. They may be able to go home in a few hours after the initial effects of the surgery and anesthesia wear off.

The patient should ask a responsible individual to drive them home after the surgery. If the patient is a child, the surgeon may ask them to remain at the hospital overnight for close monitoring.

Ear reshaping surgery may involve further steps if it is a reconstructive procedure to correct a birth defect or repair injuries such as lacerations, burns, or infected and torn piercings.

Female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and nearby areas for otoplasty.

For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board-certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.354.5145 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.

Ear Surgery Risks And Safety

Ear Surgery Risks And Safety | Houston, TexasOtoplasty, also known as ear reshaping surgery, is a relatively less invasive plastic surgery procedure. But some risks and complications which are inherent to any surgical procedure also apply to ear surgery. 

The choice to undergo otoplasty is a personal one, and the patient should evaluate the potential benefits and risks to make the right decision. 

During the pre-operative consultation, the surgeon will inform the patient about the potential risks and safety aspects to enable them to make an enlightened decision. The patient will also have to sign consent forms stating that they have understood the procedure, the alternative treatment options available, and the potential side effects.

If a small child is undergoing the procedure, their parents or guardians will have a vital role in making the decision regarding the procedure. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides ear reshaping surgery to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding locations.

Bleeding (Hematoma)

In rare cases, there may be bleeding in the wounds during otoplasty surgery or during the recovery phase. The surgeon can reduce this risk by cautiously determining any underlying health condition of the patient and making sure that they do not take blood thinners, NSAIDs and specific types of herbal supplements and vitamins for a few days prior to the surgery. 

Blood Clotting

Another rare risk associated with otoplasty is blood clot formation. In case the patient has a history of clot formation, they will be at an increased risk. The surgeon will assess the medical records of the patient to identify such matters. On their part, the patient should volunteer pertinent medical information for their own safety. 

Asymmetry 

Otoplasty may be undertaken in one or both ears. There is a risk of asymmetry in either case. While both ears are never entirely symmetrical or identical, they should appear natural. 

Infection

Similar to any surgical procedure, the risk of infection is inherent to otoplasty. The surgical facility should be sterile and hygienic. After the surgery, the patient should not expose the incision sites to contaminants. The surgeon may prescribe antibiotics for some days to reduce the risk of infection after the cosmetic surgery

Slow Healing

In a few cases, the post-operative healing may be slow, and the wound may heal poorly. Patients who smoke are typically at a higher risk of slow healing. For this reason, the surgeon will ask the patient to avoid smoking for a specified duration before their otoplasty procedure.

Poor Anesthesia Reaction

Ear reshaping surgery may be undertaken on children using general anesthesia. Adults may undergo the procedure with local anesthesia and sedation. Some patients may experience a poor response to anesthesia. An anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist should oversee the patient’s reaction during the procedure to identify any concerns in a prompt manner. 

The other risks associated with ear reshaping surgery are numbness, unwanted scarring, skin discoloration, prolonged inflammation, and the possibility of revision surgery. Female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and nearby areas for ear reshaping surgery. 

For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board-certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.354.5145 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.

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