Otoplasty

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Otoplasty, commonly referred to as ‘ear pinning,’ is a relatively minor surgical procedure to minimize the appearance of oversized or protruding ears. Dr. Azizzadeh has all of the experience and knowledge necessary to take you or your child through this procedure to achieve the best possible results.

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The Ins and Outs of Otoplasty
Otoplasty is a surgical procedure carried out here at the Center for Facial & Nasal Plastic Surgery. It involves altering the external part of the ear, in order to improve aesthetic appearance, bringing the ears closer to the head if they protrude.

The procedure is more commonly known outside of professional plastic surgery as ‘ear pinning’, and while it’s one that is done for cosmetic purposes, it’s usually one of the most life changing. The majority of patients that we see considering otoplasty are children. Having larger, protruding ears is a feature considered embarrassing, and many sufferers feel it damages their self consciousness.

Thankfully, an otoplasty is a relatively straight forward procedure, with a short recovery time. If you are interested in otoplasty and are worried about being awake for the procedure, it can be performed under general anesthesia.

The actual surgery can be minimally invasive, meaning there are limited and hidden incisions made. Sometimes an incision will be necessary, but with an incision-free otoplasty, a needle is used to remodel the ear’s cartilage. Any incisions made will be located behind the ear. This is not only because it gives the best results, but also because it will not show any scarring. The cartilage is weakened, reshaped and finally matched to the shape of the lobe, so that it looks natural. Depending on the patient’s individual situation, we will use dissolvable stitches.

When to have an otoplasty procedure?
An effective option for adults and children, an otoplasty can be performed on patients as young as four years of age.

Many parents choose otoplasty for their children in order to avoid the teasing and self-esteem issues that children with protruding ears are frequently exposed to. This is a personal decision, and one that should be made in consultation with your child.

While many families choose otoplasty for their young children, this procedure can be done at any time, and is frequently performed on adults as well.

The otoplasty procedure:
The otoplasty procedure is usually done under local anesthetic, in our office.

First, we will prepare the area to be worked on and administer anesthetic. Once the area is numbed and the patient is ready, Dr. Azizzadeh will make a small incision along the back of the ear. Depending on the condition being treated, he will then reshape or fold the ear cartilage to reduce the size of the ear or to make it lay flatter against the head.

Post-Surgery Information:
You will be given a surgery packet with thorough information detailing the healing process, what to expect and tips to reduce swelling and bruising. However, here are a few additional tips:

  • Clean the incisions with hydrogen peroxide twice daily.
  • Apply antibiotic ointments to appropriate incisions twice daily.
  • Your stitches are dissolvable and will not require removal.
  • No heavy exercise for 2 weeks.
  • Head hand should be worn continuously for one week, thereafter at night for 6 weeks.
  • Keep your head elevated while resting, relaxing, or sleeping for a minimum of 1-2 weeks.

Learn more
Having ears that protrude or are oversized can make anyone self-conscious. If are considering otoplasty, please contact Dr. Azizzadeh today to schedule an initial consultation. During your initial consultation, Dr. Azizzadeh will listen to your expectations and let you know what he will be able to achieve for you. Below, Dr. Azizzadeh has answered some commonly asked questions about otoplasty.

Q: I am not pleased with the results of an otoplasty I had. Can a revision otoplasty be performed?

A: Yes, a revision otoplasty can be performed, but it is best to wait approximately one year from the time of the original otoplasty.

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