Our board certified plastic surgeons, maintain a philosophy for ear contouring. The ear pinning procedure referred to as otoplasty should be symmetrical and complement the remaining facial structures. This procedure gives patients a new, renewed self-confidence and improved self-esteem with social interactions and inner growth.
When to Consider Otoplasty or Earlobe Reduction Surgery
- Ears that protrude (stick out) and are out of proportion.
- Earlobes are too large; either congenitally or due to stretching the earlobes.
- Earlobe opening stretched or torn.
- Inability to wear earrings.
Quick Surgery Facts
- Otoplasty Surgery: performed under general or monitored anesthesia
- Earlobe Repair/Earlobe Reduction: performed under local anesthetic
- Procedure length: 1-2.5 hours
Ear Reshaping Information
For an otoplasty or ear pinning surgery, the incision is placed behind the ear and is very well concealed. By placement of permanent sutures in the cartilage, the bending of the cartilage is performed to pin the ear back and reshape the contour of the ear as needed. This procedure is commonly performed on children, teenagers, and adults. Following a otoplasty, light dressings are placed for the first 1-2 days and then a compression device is placed over the ears to promote gentle pressure to ensure adequate molding and healing, and maintain the correction ear placement. The procedure is performed under anesthesia and the recovery period is 7-10 days.
For a torn or injured earlobe or stretched earlobe or a desire in reduction of the earlobe; a incision is made to excise the excess tissue or to remove the earlobe opening. The edges of the earlobe are then brought back together and secured together with sutures located on the front and back of the earlobe. The sutures are removed after 7-10 days and steri-strips are placed for 6 weeks to ensure adequate healing and pressure to the incision. Light earlobe massage is recommend after 2 weeks to reduce the swelling and any firmness. The earlobe may be re-pierced after 6-12 weeks, any signs of firmness must be resolved. The procedure is performed under local anesthetic and the recovery period is minimal. The patient may shower after 3 days and return to work the next day if desired.
7-10 days of rest is required for Otoplasty, and 1-2 days for Earlobe Repair/Reduction. After Otoplasty surgery you will be required to return to the office the day following surgery for removal of dressings and to be given further instructions. After Otoplasty surgery; you will need a caregiver for the first 2-3 days. A driver is required for the first post operative appointments.
- Ears that are closer in position to the head; more proportional.
- Improved earlobe size and shape; correction of stretched earlobe opening.
- Repair of torn or enlarged opening; Ability to re-pierce the earlobe.
Note: It is important to address any concerns with The Gillian Institute at the time of your consultation. There is some risk, as with any surgical procedure. To prevent post-operative complications with this technique, no smoking is a requirement prior to surgery. Our doctors can explain the procedure and potential complications to you in detail, and she can assist you in determining if ear contouring surgery is right for you.