Otoplasty (Ear Pinning Surgery)


Otoplasty — commonly referred to as ear plastic surgery, ear reshaping, or ear pinning — is a surgical procedure that helps improve the shape, position, and proportion of the ears. The procedure is performed by Gainesville plastic surgeons in order to either correct deformities present since birth — ear reduction or ear pinning surgery — or to restore the natural appearance of the ears as a result of an injury — reconstructive ear surgery. Even correcting minor aesthetic discrepancies with cosmetic surgery for the ears can have drama impacts on self-esteem and physical appearance. Ear corrective surgery often produces dramatic results and, for most patients, the recovery is minimal. Otoplasty is commonly performed in conjunction with other facial plastic surgery procedures in order to maximize the results of cosmetic surgery for our patients.

Otoplasty In Gainesville, FL

A patient might consider otoplasty if their ears stick out too far from their head, their ears are large in proportion to their head, or if they are dissatisfied with the appearance of their ears or earlobes due to an injury. Otoplasty is typically performed on either one or both ears in order to achieve symmetry. This surgical procedure will not change the location of the ears or alter a patient’s ability to hear. Ear pinning surgery can be performed at any age once the ears reach their full size — usually after age 5. Enjoy improved self-confidence with cosmetic ear surgery from John W. Tyrone M.D. Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery — schedule a plastic surgery consultation.

Benefits Of Ear Plastic Surgery

Otoplasty is a relatively safe and successful plastic surgery procedure with high satisfaction rates both for children and adult patients. Following ear plastic surgery, patients commonly report improvements to their quality of life as well as increased self-esteem and self-confidence. Patients likewise appreciate the minimal recovery time after ear pinning surgery. The vast majority of patients require less than two weeks before they are able to return to regular activities. During cosmetic and reconstructive ear surgery, Dr. Tyrone makes incisions in areas well-concealed in the ear’s natural folds and creases — scarring is minimal and becomes nearly imperceptible over time. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a cosmetic surgery appointment and find out how you can benefit from ear pinning surgery.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Ear Surgery?

Patients may be good candidates for ear pinning if their ears have fully formed, they are non-smokers, generally healthy without medical conditions that can affect or impair healing, have realistic goals for the procedure and results of cosmetic surgery, and do not have any serious medical conditions. Prior to scheduling plastic surgery procedures, patients must attend a one-on-one consultation with our plastic surgeon in Gainesville, FL.

Types Of Ear Surgery

Otoplasty, or cosmetic ear surgery, comprises either one or both ears. During the procedure, Dr. Tyrone uses the latest surgical techniques in the fields of plastic surgery and aesthetics to help patients achieve their goals for ear reconstruction surgery (ear reshaping surgery) and ear reduction surgery.

Ear Reduction Surgery

Patients born with protruding ears, ears that are misshapen, or ears that do not complement the aesthetic nature of the overall face and facial features may undergo ear reduction surgery. Otopexy, or an ear pinback, flattens ears that protrude outward against the head. An ear reduction procedure can serve to reduce an overly large pinna (microtia).

Reconstructive Ear Surgery

Reconstructive ear surgery serves to remediate the visual effects of ears damaged in an accident or as a result of an injury. Ear reconstruction may also be performed in order to enhance ears underdeveloped since birth. Ear augmentation is required if the pinna — the only visible part of the ear — is either underdeveloped or non-existent (microtia).

How To Prepare For Ear Pinning Surgery

Prior to undergoing otoplasty, patients must meet with our plastic surgeon for a consultation. During the consultation, the patient and Dr. Tyrone will discuss the patient’s goals, expectations for the procedure, medical history, any previous surgeries, and the available options for ear surgery. Patients may likewise discuss with Dr. Tyrone the possibility of undergoing additional facial procedures, such as cheek implant surgery or laser skin resurfacing, in conjunction with ear pinning surgery, in order to maximize results. A physical exam of the ears’ placement, size, shape, and symmetry will also be conducted to determine the patient’s treatment options.

Otoplasty Procedure

Typically, our surgeon recommends that patients undergo either local or general anesthesia for the duration of the otoplasty procedure. Ear surgery generally lasts 2–3 hours and is performed on an outpatient basis. The duration of surgery, however, may depend on the patient’s situation and the degree of correction required to the ears. In most situations, cosmetic ear surgery starts with an incision just behind the ear and inside the natural fold where the ear meets the head. Following the initial incision, skin and cartilage are trimmed and removed, as necessary. Once the ear cartilage is shaped into the desired form, Dr. Tyrone uses permanent sutures to secure the cartilage in order to promote proper healing of the ear in the desired position. Soft dressings are then applied to the ears and will remain for multiple days.

Otoplasty Recovery

The majority of patients that undergo otoplasty surgery experience some degree of mild discomfort immediately following the procedure. Normal sleep patterns may be disrupted for a week or so after surgery, as avoiding pressure to the ears is essential to proper healing. Dr. Tyrone may recommend that patients wear a soft, flexible headband to hold the ears in the desired position for 1–2 weeks after the procedure. Ear pinning risks are minimal, as is scarring. Once the ears have fully healed, a thin, light-toned scar will likely be barely visible behind each ear fold. For more information about recovery from ear pinning surgery, contact our office.

Otoplasty Before & After

Ear surgery and earlobe reshaping offer almost immediate results in patients with protruding ears, ears that require surgical reconstruction, or earlobes that are disproportionate. Otoplasty results are visible once the dressings that support the new shape of the ear are removed, typically during the initial phases of the healing process. With the ears permanents positioned closer to the head and with greater symmetry, surgical scars are hidden behind the ear or well-hidden within the ear’s natural creases. In cases involving extensive ear surgery or reconstruction, final results may appear over time and in stages. View our plastic surgery before and after gallery to see patients’ results following facial surgery.

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