Otoplasty (Ear Pinning)
Who is a Candidate?
Patients who benefit from ear surgery include
those who may have:
Abnormally shaped ear(s)
Ear surgery is often recommended for children as
they near total ear development at age five or six. Correction of the
ears prior to the child entering school helps eliminate potential
psychological trauma from bullying by other classmates. Adults may also
have their ears reshaped.
An otoplasty will fashion prominent ears back
into a more pleasing shape.
If the problem is protruding ears, the supporting
tissue of the ears, called cartilage, is reshaped in order to position
your ears closer to the patient's head. This usually is accomplished
through incisions placed behind the ears.
Ears that need to be reduced in size or are
protruding in the middle 1/3 of the ear, external incision of the
front (outside surface) of the ear will be needed.
In ear reductions, skin as well as cartilage will
most often need to be removed.
Recuperation and Healing:
For the first several days, the head must be
as much as possible.
Initially, pain is usually controlled with oral
typically disappears within seven to ten days. Stitches are usually
removed within a week of surgery.
After surgery, the patient will wear gauze
dressing or bandage for a few days or up to several weeks to ensure
that your ears heal in their new, corrected position.
Straining, bending and lifting should be avoided
during the early postoperative period.
Most patients will be able to resume normal
activities within ten days or less. Most people return to work at 7-10 days.
This procedure is considered cosmetic and
therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for
specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given
individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All
surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that
do not affect the outcome can occur occasionally. Major complications
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