Otoplasty – Ear Pinning in Reno NV
Ear Pinning or Otoplasty
Many people are born with or develop protruding, large or uneven ears. Children and even adults are teased and embarrassed about their ear deformities. They commonly wear their hair long to cover their ears and avoid situations where their ears may be exposed. These people benefit from otoplasty surgery. Dr. Dahan has extensive experience with otoplasty surgery on children and adults and has performed hundreds. Dr. Dahan has performed numerous revisions on patients who have had otoplasty surgery by other plastic surgeons.
Most children require general anesthesia for the procedure, however, most teenagers and adults may undergo otoplasty surgery in Dr. Dahan’s office under local anesthesia. Dr. Dahan reshapes the ears giving them a more normal and natural contour as well as folding them back closer to the patient’s head.* Dr. Dahan’s patients exhibit a significant increase in confidence and self-esteem after otoplasty surgery.* Dr. Dahan is always touched when he sees his female patients wearing their hair up and male patients wearing their hair short proudly exposing their ears which they would rarely do prior to otoplasty surgery.
Otoplasty is commonly performed on children ages 5 and up with fully developed ears, teenagers and even adults. The majority are people with bilateral (both) ear deformities, however, some people only require otoplasty surgery on one ear. Those who are candidates to undergo otoplasty surgery wish to correct the following deformities:
- Protruding ears
- Large ears
- Asymmetrical (uneven) ears
- Irregular shaped ears
- Ears that are out of proportion
Otoplasty surgery on children is performed in an outpatient surgery center under general anesthesia and takes approximately 60-90 minutes. Most teenagers and adults may undergo otoplasty surgery in Dr. Dahan’s office under local anesthesia and also takes approximately 60-90 minutes.
Dr. Dahan makes an incision on the back of the ear where excess skin is removed. The cartilage is then sculpted and in some cases, a small amount is removed. With strategically placed permanent sutures, the ear cartilage is then reshaped and folded so that the ears appear closer to the head, in proportion with each other and with the head. The incision is then closed with sutures resulting in a minimal scar. The ears are dressed with nonadherent gauze and placed in a snug wrap to protect and maintain their position and for comfort. There is minimal pain after surgery since long-acting local anesthesia is injected during the operation. Pain medication and antibiotics offer the patient a comfortable recovery with very minimal risk of infection or complications.
Your ears will be wrapped in a headband type of dressing after surgery to promote optimal healing, protect and maintain their new position and shape. After a few days, the dressing may be removed to allow you to shower and then replaced it for a lighter dressing per Dr. Dahan’s instructions. Most children and teenagers will be able to return to school approximately 5 days after surgery. Most adults may return to work approximately 5 days after surgery as well. You will wear a comfortable headband while sleeping for another week to further protect and maintain the new ear shape and position. You may return to normal activities and exercise as well as noncontact sports approximately 3-4 weeks after surgery and contact sports approximately 2 months after surgery. Otoplasty surgery should last a lifetime, however, some patients may require some minor adjustments over time.
What are the benefits of Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is beneficial for several reasons.
The procedure can correct several problems. Otoplasty is often performed to correct very large or very small ears, “cauliflower ear,” cupped, folded, or protruding ears and other deformities.
It’s safe. Otoplasty is observed as one of the safest surgeries in all of medicine. Very few surgeries have a low level of risk found with otoplasty.
Ear reshaping makes the patient feel “normal.” Changing the physical shape of the ears results in psychological benefits, too. In one study, 97% of patients reported increased happiness after otoplasty. Ninety-two percent reported increased self-confidence, while 79% reported improved social comfort. Importantly, 100% of the patients in this study reported that bullying and teasing significantly diminished or stopped altogether.
What are the risks/complications of Otoplasty?
All surgery carries some risk. Otoplasty patients are made aware of risks such as:
- Infection and bleeding.
- Scarring. Otoplasty scars are hidden in the creases of the ears or behind the ears, where they are not visible even with short hair or hair is worn in a ponytail.
- Asymmetry. Otoplasty may not fully correct asymmetry, or may result in symmetry due to tissue changes during recovery.
- Changes in skin sensation. This is usually a temporary side effect of surgery.
- Problems with stitches. Sometimes, the stitches placed to secure the ears come to the surface and need to be removed.
- Overcorrection. It is possible to position the ears too close to the head, resulting in an obviously pinned look.
Dr. Dahan has performed numerous ear surgeries for patients in our Reno office. His advanced training in plastic surgery enables him to reconstruct tissue accordingly to achieve the best possible results.
Does an Otoplasty procedure hurt?
Otoplasty surgery does not hurt. Pediatric patients typically undergo otoplasty with general anesthesia that creates a deep sleep state. Teens and adults can undergo this procedure in the office or outpatient setting with only a local anesthetic and mild sedative to help soothe their nerves.
Does an Otoplasty procedure leave permanent results?
During the otoplasty procedure, cartilage is reshaped and reconnected as needed to bring the ears closer to the head or to achieve a more discreet shape. Surgery is conducted after the ears have reached full physical maturity, providing permanent results that patients enjoy throughout their lifetime.
Will this procedure affect my hearing?
Otoplasty focuses on reshaping the outer area of cartilage on the ears. No structural changes are made inside the ear. Therefore, changes to hearing are not an expected effect of otoplasty.
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