Otoplasty in Miami: Here’s What You Need to Know
- 14 May 2016
Below we describe each procedure separately and in more detail.
Ear Pinning (Otoplasty)
Of all the plastic surgeries performed in the United States in children, ear pinning, or otoplasty, is the most common one. This surgery helps to reshape, position, and make the ear aesthetically pleasing.
Some ears may be disfigured from birth or from injuries. Others are just positioned awkwardly as a result of your genes. Ear pinning surgery restores the symmetry and proportion of the ear in relation to your face. This simple correction can have a profound impact on the appearance of your ears and you or your child’s self-esteem.
What is involved in an ear pinning (otoplasty) procedure?
During the ear pinning surgery, inconspicuous incisions are usually made on the back of the ear. In instances where incisions are necessary on the front of the ear, they are hidden in the natural folds. Non-removable stitches are used to secure the cartilage in its new position.
Who is a good candidate for an ear pinning procedure?
If you or your child has any of the following, you may be a candidate for this procedure:
- Protruding ears. (*This is the majority of the cosmetic surgery performed on ears.)
- Overly large ears
- Abnormally-shaped ears
Ear surgery is one of the only cosmetic plastic surgery procedures recommended for children since ears have almost totally developed by the age of six. Correction of the ears prior to beginning school may help your child avoid potential potential psychological trauma as a result of teasing from other children.
Adults may also be candidates for ear procedures; there is no upper age limit.
What is recovery from ear pinning surgery like?
As with most surgeries, bruising and swelling are common after ear pinning surgery. While bruising usually disappears within a week to ten days, you may see mild swelling for several weeks. Stitches are normally removed within a week of surgery.
After the procedure, your doctor may recommend a ski band to protect the ears at night. This prevents the ears from folding during sleep. You will most likely be able to resume most of your normal daily activities within a week to ten days.
As a result of the aging process, earlobes, just like the rest of the body, lose some of their elasticity as time goes on. You may notice that your earlobes appear longer than they were. The holes pierced for earrings may be getting larger too.
Plastic surgeons have developed a procedure that can help fix loose and damaged earlobes like yours.
Who is a good candidate for earlobe reconstruction?
If you are forty or older, you fall into the majority of women requesting this surgery. If you have had an injury to your earlobe, often the result of earrings being pulled out through the lobe accidentally, you are an excellent candidate for this procedure.
What is involved in the earlobe reconstruction procedure?
Earlobe reconstruction is a relatively small procedure and you will be given a local anesthetic to prevent discomfort. In some cases, simple suturing can fix the problem. In others, a synthetic filler is used to fill any uneven gaps or holes. This is expertly matched to your skin color and the result is a natural-looking, rejuvenated earlobe.