Otoplasty and Ear Pinning in Chicago
The ear is an organ that reaches its full size early in life. As children develop their body image, they become aware of their protruding ears and if they are ever teased about it, they rarely forget it.
This surgery is frequently done on children, but there are a large number of young adults and older adults that request this correction. When looking at the protruding ear, there are three features to evaluate.
1. Proper folding of the ear cartilage
2. Cupping of the ear
3. The amount of separation of the ear from the skull
Based on the analysis of these three features, a correction will be planned.
The recommendation for correcting protruding ears is that it 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 can do the procedure under local anesthesia in the 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. Post-operative care is very minimal and two days after the surgery the bandages are removed and the ears are exposed. Because Dr. Makhlouf places drains, there is very little bruising and the patient does not need to cover the ears. The only request is that for 2 months after surgery, the patient wears some type of bandanna during sleep to protect the ears. The ears may remain sensitive for a couple of months but this will not result in any significant amount of pain. One of the best parts of this surgery is that the results of this procedure are visible immediately.
This young lady from frosty Chicago, tired of her protruding ears decided to correct them with an Otoplasty. This Procedure is done under local anesthesia. Clear results can be seen in these Post-operation photos. Notice the natural fold, natural contour and symmetry achieved with the surgery.
This young boy had an ear pinning plastic surgery for his protruding ears with Chicago Plastic Surgeon Dr. Makhlouf. Compare before and after pictures. Clear results can be seen in these Post-operation photos. Notice the natural fold, natural contour and symmetry achieved with the surgery.
19 year old male with protruding ears. Pictures taken two months post-op. We usually recommend correction of the ears in children around six or seven years of age, but it is not always possible.
26 year old female could not change her hairstyle because of her ear protrusion. Correction was done under local anesthesia