Got Big Ears? New Ear Pinning Surgery May Be for You
- 07 February 2014
- Dr. Nidal (Nick) Masri
People with large protruding ears have endured many things throughout their lives. The stigma goes on far beyond the schoolyard. Most of the time it will continue throughout the person’s life. As babies, family members express concern and mothers always put hats on the baby when they go out in public.
Childhood can be difficult enough without the stigma of a physical defect that other children criticize or find amusing. The damage can be lifelong.
In the past, ear pinning was done on people who had the money and the time to have the 90 minute procedure performed at their own expense. The surgery was done under general anesthesia and required heavy bandaging to keep the ears in place. Children would be absent from school and adults would be absent from work until the bandages were removed.
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Today a new procedure has put an end to the torment of big ears. Conventional otoplasty, ear surgery, is still done, but is no longer the only choice. A pioneering new procedure can be completed in fifteen minutes without having to cut cartilage or administer general anesthesia. The earlier procedure had the risk of all other surgery done under general anesthesia.
The risks that have long been associated with ear pinning encouraged plastic surgeons to develop an implant that can be implanted without the risks of the lengthy surgery. A procedure that could be done one day and the patient can return to work the next day. Patients who have had the procedure have praised the surgeon and the procedure. The satisfaction of walking down the street without the discomfort of potential criticism gives them the confidence they have always desired.
The implant consists of a strip of metal that is flexible and curved to suit the patients needs. A small incision is made in the front of the ear and the implant will grip the cartilage which folds the ear into the desired shape. This will pull the ear closer to the head. The metal used in the implants is the same as that used in dental braces. This flexible metal allows the ear to maintain its natural ability to move. The procedure normally takes two implants. One at the upper part of the ear and one at the lower. Once the implants are in place the opening is closed with two sutures that will dissolve in a couple of weeks.
There is generally no follow up procedures necessary with this ear pinning procedure. Most patients say their ears were sore for a few days, but after that, pain was gone and self esteem was greatly improved. The few restrictions that patients have after surgery are no contact sports, and try to avoid having their ears hit. If the patient is not pleased, the implant can be adjusted under local anesthesia.
A small incision will take the 24-carat gold implant safely into the ear. There is no limit as to the amount of time the implant can remain in place.
Although protruding ears may affect people differently, those who are negatively affected now have a new ear pinning procedure to consider.