A cosmetic surgery option in cases of protruding or over-developed ears is otoplasty. This surgery is commonly referred to as “pinning back” of the ears and is available for children once their ears have stopped developing–around the age of six. Over-developed ears can be the cause of psychological stress and trauma and should be treated at a young age before it becomes a serious issue. Our surgeons are trained in several surgical procedures in order to eliminate the majority of the problems related to protruding ears.
To better understand your overall health, we will evaluate your medical history prior to surgery. In addition, a complete examination of your ears will be made in order to take the most effective surgical approach. All issues, such as shape and types of anesthesia used, will be discussed.
We will provide you with pre-operative instructions that may include the elimination of specific drugs containing aspirin several weeks before surgery to minimize excess bleeding. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to prevent infection.
The procedure can be performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. The doctor will discuss these options with you. Our surgeons treat this problem either by folding the cartilage located on the back of the ear or by removing excess cartilage. Sutures are placed and bandages applied to speed the healing process. The procedure typically takes only a few hours.
After the operation, patients should expect bruising around the area that fades in 2-3 weeks. Pain associated with the operation is minimal and can be easily treated with oral medication. The bandages are only needed for a few days and should be replaced with a lighter dressing. Refraining from sleeping on the ears is required, and patients are advised to use a very soft pillow. Showering with shampoo may begin after a few days. Expect two to three days of recovery before normal activities can be performed. Consult with your surgeon before attempting any athletic or precarious activities that may affect the healing process.