Photographs for Ear Surgery and Otoplasty and correction of "bat wing" deformity.
Dr. Bermant sees patients from around the world.
We try to make this process easier with a preliminary remote package. That way our patients can feel comfortable with us before traveling to Richmond. You will need to fill out forms, provide us information about your concerns and pictures. These images can be in JPEG or JPG compressed format or actual photographs. (You will need to include return postage if you want the actual photographs returned). There is a fee for this preliminary evaluation.
Check List for Standard Ear Images for Dr. Bermant's Otoplasty Surgery
|Full Head Filling Most of the Photograph||Close Up - Ear Filling Most of the Photograph|
|Front showing entire head and both ears with the face direct towards the camera||Front Close Up Ears with the face direct towards the camera|
|Front with the head tilted back looking up showing entire head and both ears||Back Close Up Left Ear|
|Back showing entire head and both ears||Back Close Up Right Ear|
|Left Entire Head photograph perpendicular to the plane of the head||Left Close Up Ears photograph perpendicular to the plane of the head|
|Right Entire Head photograph perpendicular to the plane of the head||Right Close Up Ears photograph perpendicular to the plane of the head|
Print this sheet as a check list before sending images.
For Details about each image, please check the examples below.
|Left Oblique has the film plane parallel to the main plane of the ear, the ear filling most of the shot|
|Right Oblique has the film plane parallel to the main plane of the ear, the ear filling most of the shot|
Check List for Technique Issues - Ear Photographs for Otoplasty
|The photos must include AT LEAST as much as in these images. If there is something you feel is best demonstrated by a specific different view, please include that detail. We are interested in your concerns. Close up views can help, but we need the full head images in addition to better understand relative size, symmetry, and balance.||Choose your background carefully.
Pick an uncluttered background with no mirrors. A mirror or glass surface can reflect a flash and make photographs difficult to evaluate. A plain matte background is best.
|Hair should not cover the ears, for each of the views.||Do not use a mirror to take the pictures.|
|The photographs should be all of the views shown on this web page and at least 3x5 inches large or by e-mail images (JPEG compression preferred). If sending images by land mail, please enclose return postage and envelope if you would like these images returned. For those patients who prefer, we will do the photographs here during your consultation avoiding the remote package.||If using flash, point the flash so that the shadows do not obscure the important ear outline. This is done by having camera mounted flash on the same side as the back ear edge contour and the camera towards the nose. This is not as great a concern when no flash is used.|
|Fill the image with the ears (or face depending on the view).
It is very difficult to analyze a tiny ear on an image of the entire body. The face should be perpendicular to the camera, neither tilted toward nor away from the plane of the film. The head should not be tilted to the left nor right.
|Keep the head perpendicular to the camera
Do not tilt the head to the left or the right. It should be upright and not tilted toward or away from the camera.
|Focus the camera.
The ear is what should be the item most in focus. You may need to take the camera off of its automatic setting to get the ear in focus. Fuzzy or out of focus photographs have little value. Make sure your camera can take close up pictures in focus.
Please check your images before sending them to us. You should be able to clearly see your problem on your images.
For a Preliminary Remote Discussion to be effective, Dr. Bermant needs to see pictures that demonstrate your concerns.
|Head: Image From Front||Head: Image From Behind||Head: Image With Head Tilted Back|
|Seeing how the ear relates to the entire head can be important especially when considering macrotia ear reduction surgery. The photograph plane should be perpendicular to the head. Close up views of the ears from the side (see below) are important when considering otoplasty evaluation.|
|Right Entire Head Image||Left Entire Head Image|
Close Up Photographs: The close up views are easier to see details of the ear.
|Front Image one ear||Image From Side with camera plane perpendicular to head||Oblique Image where camera plane is perpendicular to ear|
|Front Image one ear||Image From Side camera plane perpendicular to the head||Oblique Image where camera plane is perpendicular to the ear|
Images From Behind the Ear
Do not use a camera lens that distorts. Trying to evaluate facial features by photos that are distorted like a fun house mirror have little value. A wide angle lens makes what is closer look bigger. See how the ear or nose gets smaller when further from the camera. This is common for many computer and cell phone based cameras.
With wide angle lens, see how the nose is bigger on the left image and shrinks in the right. The ear is smaller on the left and larger on the right. The lens makes this ear look like it needs reduction.
Ear and Nose Distorted By Short Focal Length Camera Lens
The nose size and ear size remain the same in both views. This becomes critical when asking Dr. Bermant to use pictures for a remote discussion for Macrotia ear reduction issues.
Ear and Nose Not Distorted By Short Focal Length Camera Lens