Ear Surgery Pinnaplasty

Don’t be ashamed of your ears! If they’re too big, stick out too far from your head, are asymmetrical or have enlarged lobes, then otoplasty can help. This procedure, also known as cosmetic ear surgery, corrects the shape, size and position of your ears. With the superior surgical ability Dr. Gartner possesses, you’ll experience a very high satisfaction rate with your results. You won’t have to cover your ears up with hair or hats anymore!

What cosmetic ear surgery or otoplasty can do for you
  • Pin your ears back so they don’t stick out as much (pinnaplasty).
  • Reshape your ears to make them less pointed (or more so) at the top.
  • Recontour your lobes to make them firmer and less droopy.
  • Reposition your ears.
  • Seal unwanted tribal piercing holes.

The procedure is suitable for children and adults.

You’ll experience:
  • The removal of excess skin.
  • Tiny incisions made in the natural creases of your ears. Your scars will be well hidden so that you or anyone else won’t be able to see them easily. That means nobody will know you’ve had surgery unless you tell them!
  • The cartilage can be reshaped.
  • The ability to get back to work within a week or so.
  • The freedom to enjoy a different hairstyle that shows off your ears.

Otoplasty has been found to achieve significant aesthetic and psychological improvement for patients, as proven in the study, Otoplasty for the Protruded Ear.

What makes your otoplasty at Gartner Plastic Surgery unique

1. Your surgery will be performed under local anesthesia. You won’t have to experience any of the negative side effects associated with general anesthesia when you wake up, such as nausea/vomiting, short term memory loss, dizziness or grogginess.

2. Dr. Gartner takes a thorough assessment of your concerns during the pre-surgical planning process and considers your unique expectations. Measurements are taken to determine ideal proportions that would contribute to a more aesthetically pleasing contour. This helps you achieve the improvement you want.

3. Dr. Gartner is a meticulous surgeon who performs precise surgical techniques to minimize any risks or complications, including preventing any damage to your hearing ability. Your surgery will not affect your ability to hear because only the outer structures are treated. That means you’ll be able to hear as well as you did before surgery.

4. You will find that your improved ear shape and size will be more proportionate with surgery, enhancing your overall appearance and making you feel better about yourself.

Many of Dr. Gartner’s patients report a high level of satisfaction once they are healed after surgery and many of his female patients are able to wear their hair up with confidence for the first time.

Are you a candidate for ear surgery?

Otoplasty is designed for men and women who dislike the appearance of their ears and would like to do something about it. You should be the following:

  • Relatively healthy, both physically and psychologically.
  • Aware of the side effects and risks associated with the surgery, so you can figure out if the pros outweigh the cons.
  • Willing to follow the care instructions that you’ll receive from Dr. Gartner, outlining what to do before and after your surgery to improve your recovery rate and results.
  • Making the choice to pursue surgery for your own satisfaction and not someone else’s.
Your consultation

The consultation is an important part of your transformation because it determines whether otoplasty is suitable for you and whether it can achieve your aesthetic goals. You’ll talk to Dr. Gartner, a board certified plastic surgeon, in a private medical appointment. Your medical history and current condition, as well as your concerns will be discussed. He’ll examine your ears then review the risks related to otoplasty so you can make an informed decision.

How to prepare for your surgery

Dr. Gartner will give you a list of instructions to follow so you can prepare your body for surgery, thereby improving your recovery rate. Instructions may include the following:

  • Avoid smoking for at least two weeks before surgery.
  • Avoid medications and supplements that can increase the risk of bruising and bleeding, such as Aspirin, fish oil and vitamin E.
  • Prepare your home to make it a more comfortable place for your recovery, such as arranging for childcare, filling any prescriptions and preparing any food.
  • You should wear clothing to our surgical facility and for the duration of your recovery that can be buttoned up, rather than pulled over your head. This will minimize the risk of accidentally damaging your ears.
  • Arrange for a trusted person to drive you home after your surgery and be with you for the first 24 hours after your surgery.
Your surgery

1. Pre-emptive anesthesia has been found to decrease discomfort and inflammation following surgery. For this reason, it will be administered before your surgery even begins.

2. Local anesthesia is administered, so you won’t have to experience any of the risks or side effects related to general anesthesia.

3. An incision is made in the natural crease of your ear.

4. Depending on what you’d like to have done, cartilage may be reshaped or tissue may be removed.

5. If your ears are “pinned back”, sutures are placed to fix the ear in position.

6. The incisions are closed with sutures and dressed.

Your recovery

You’ll be wearing a bandage wrapped around your head. This should be kept in place until it is removed by Dr. Gartner (usually in about a week or so). Once it’s removed, you’ll probably notice that your ears will be bruised, swollen and perhaps numb. These are side effects of your surgery and will gradually subside as you recover.

You will be advised to wear a head/sweat band for one month as much as you can during the day, and throughout the night so you avoid inadvertently pulling on your stiches.

You should keep your head elevated while you sleep by propping it up on two or three pillows. This will help reduce swelling. We don’t recommend you use ice or heat packs.

Keeping clean

You can start taking a bath the day after surgery, however, you’ll need to refrain from wetting your hair or the incisions for about four days. During this time, Dr. Gartner will let you know how to keep your incisions clean. This may involve using a cotton swab to dab the incisions then applying an antibacterial ointment.

When you can get back to work

You’ll probably be able to get back to desk work within five days. Make sure to keep your head elevated and not bend over or lift anything.

When you can get back to the gym

You can start exercising at about three weeks, however you should start with low intensity aerobics. Weightlifting and other more vigorous exercises should wait until about four to five weeks.

Your results

*Cosmetic ear surgery will make your ears less prominent, so they’re no longer the first thing people notice about you.*

Complications and risks associated with otoplasty
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Irregular scarring
  • Hematoma and seroma
  • Infection
  • Lasting numbness
  • Pain
  • Wound separation (dehiscence)
  • Undesirable results: revision surgery may be performed to address this issue.
*Disclaimer: No guarantees of any kind unless they are money-back guarantees. No claims of permanent results. No "Miracle cures" for medical ailments.*

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Article credits

  • Reviewed By:Dr.MichaelGartner
  • Place:3 Winslow Pl, Paramus, NJ, US, 07652
  • Created: 10 May 2015
  • Published: 10 May 2015
  • Last Modified: 26 Sep 2015
  • Reviewed: 19 May 2015

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