Ear surgery, or otoplasty, also called ear-pinning is a surgical procedure to improve the shape, position, or proportion of the ear. Ear surgery can also be used to correct deformities, birth defects and treat any injury-related trauma to the ear. Otoplasty is frequently performed on children, but there are a large number of young adults and older adults that request correction.
When looking at the protruding ear, there are three features to evaluate.
Based on the analysis, a correction will be planned.
The recommendation for correcting protruding ears is that ear-pinning is done before the child starts school, however, it is not recommended that it be done before the age of 5 as the ears are still growing. Evaluation of the deformity will determine if simply creating the missing cartilage fold will provide the needed correction or if additional surgical maneuvers such as cartilage resection or suturing the ear to the skull will be required.
For many of our patients, Dr. Makhlouf is able to do the procedure under local anesthesia in our Chicago office. The procedure is painless and will take 45 minutes for each ear. The incisions are made in the posterior aspect of the ear so they are invisible. Postoperative care is very minimal. Two days after the surgery the bandages are removed and the only post-op requirement is that for 2 months after surgery, the patient must wear some type of bandana during sleep, in order to protect the ears.
Care and Recovery
The results of this procedure are visible immediately. The ears may remain sensitive for a couple of months but this will not result in any significant amount of pain.
Other Issues in the Ear
There are other conditions in the ear that we correct, for example: torn earlobes, Keloid in the ears, and various congenital deformities. A call to the office or a tele-medicine consultation is a good place to start your investigation.
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