Your Options for Otoplasty

Otoplasty, also known as ear pinning, is a cosmetic procedure performed to pin back the ears, bringing them into proportion with the patient’s head. Known as the cosmetic procedure with the youngest patients, ear surgery is frequently done on patients age four to 14, though adults can benefit from otoplasty as well. Earlobe repair is also available for those who have torn or damaged ears due to piercings, trauma, or any number of other causes.

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Is Otoplasty the Right Choice for Me?

Otoplasty addresses a cosmetic problem that can be frustrating for adults but can also cause social problems in children. Large ears that are out of proportion are problematic in this regard, and otoplasty can position the ears closer to the patient’s head if the ears are fully developed.

Earlobe repair surgery is a great option if you’re dealing with:

  • Torn earlobe due to earring
  • Elongated earlobe
  • Lacerated earlobe

The Procedure: How Otoplasty is Performed

Ear surgery is an outpatient procedure, requiring about two to three hours of surgery time. For adults, local anesthesia is typically used, though, with young children, we tend to recommend general anesthesia. A precise incision will be made behind the ear before cartilage is sculpted, folded, or removed to reposition each ear. Sutures are then placed by Dr. Rosen to close the incision and maintain the new ear position.

What to Expect After Your Otoplasty Procedure

Your ears will be folded closer to your head after surgery, and you’ll need to keep them protected as you heal, so be careful around active children. A bandage will be wrapped around your head, and your stitches may be removed in one week, at which point you essentially resume your daily routine.

Possible Complications of Otoplasty

Like all surgical procedures, otoplasty carries a risk of complications or side effects. One possible side effect is a blood clot on the ear, which dissolves on its own or needs to be extracted. Other complications include infection and formation of scar tissue. Ask Dr. Rosen for more information if you are concerned about these possibilities.

Your Earlobe Repair

Earlobe repair is a simple surgical procedure to repair a torn, stretched, or split earlobe, frequently caused by a mishap with an earring or piercing. A stretched earlobe is often seen in patients who have chosen to wear heavy earrings or intentionally altered their ears. In any case, Dr. Rosen is here for patients in Doylestown, Bucks County, or the nearby areas who are interested in repairing stretched or torn earlobes.

Ear Surgery Before & Afters

How Dr. Rosen Repairs an Earlobe

This procedure is a simple outpatient surgery under local anesthetic. The earlobe is stabilized, and an incision is made, removing the skin surrounding the split to create a clean edge. Dr. Rosen places sutures to close and repair the split earlobe.

In most cases, the operation is usually quick and painless. Although a scar might be visible, the result is preferable to a split or stretched earlobe. Re-piercing the ear can be performed, but you may be advised to wait a few months before doing so.

After Earlobe Repair: What to Expect

Dressing will cover the earlobe for several days. Minor discomfort and swelling is normal during this time. Sutures in the earlobe are removed within two weeks. Although it may increase the risk of recurrence, many patients decide to pierce their ears after earlobe repair. 

To prevent a torn earlobe, you should remove your earrings in situations that have the potential for an accident; don't wear heavy earrings for prolonged periods; be aware of children who may want to pull on your earrings; and remove earrings before removing clothing.

Earlobe Repair and More

You deserve to have ears that complement your features and help you enjoy a sense of facial symmetry and overall aesthetic harmony. If your ears are standing in the way of this, we’re here for you. Whether you’re dealing with ears that don’t quite fit your face, or have experienced torn or damaged lobes, we’re here with earlobe repair and ear pinning, enabling patients in Doylestown and Bucks County to enjoy the way they look, every single day. If you think you're in need of earlobe repair in Doylestown by Dr. Rosen, please reach out and set up your consultation today!

Ear Surgery FAQs:

How long does ear surgery take?

The duration of the surgery can vary depending on the extent of the corrections needed, but it typically takes one to two hours to complete.

When can I return to work or school after ear surgery?

Most patients can return to work or school within a week after surgery, although strenuous activities should be avoided for several weeks to allow for proper healing.

Will the results of ear surgery be permanent?

In most cases, the results of ear surgery are permanent, although the ears may continue to change slightly with age. It's essential to follow post-operative instructions carefully to maintain the desired outcome.

How soon will I see the final results of ear surgery?

While there will be some immediate improvement in the appearance of the ears after surgery, the final results may take several weeks to fully manifest as swelling and bruising subside.

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