Ear Pinback (Otoplasty)


Patients with prominent ears are often very self-conscious about them. Usually, they have suffered in childhood due to the jeering of their peers, which often extends into adulthood. Ear pin back surgery, or otoplasty, is designed to decrease the prominence of the ears and set back their position to make them appear more normal. This procedure can be very rewarding to patients and oftentimes, encourages them to change their hairstyle or pierce their ears to show them off once it is completed.

Otoplasty is performed through an incision made behind the ear. This provides access to the ear cartilage, which can be weakened or sutured to manipulate them into a normal position. This incision usually heals very well, and is often not visible except during close inspection of the backside of the ear.

The procedure causes the patient very little discomfort, which can be relieved with pain medication. Some mild bruising and swelling is common after surgery and usually subsides within two to four weeks. An athletic headband will be advised for use during sleep and during any activity that may injure the ears. Activities that may elevate the blood pressure are recommended to be avoided during the first two weeks. Heavy lifting should be avoided during this time period.

Ear pin back surgery is a well-suited procedure than be performed in an accredited outpatient SurgiCenter. Local anesthesia with sedation for mature patients or general anesthesia in those patients who are young, or who desire it, is used for ear pin pack surgery. Patients with more significant surgical needs or those with other medical problems will be required to undergo the procedure at a hospital.

Ear pin back surgeries are successfully performed each year. Nevertheless, please be aware of the potential hazards of surgery and the specific risks associated with this procedure. Some of the uncommon postoperative complications include delayed healing, nerve damage, infection, or localized collections of blood. Other potential problems are mismatched or artificial-looking ears, temporary throbbing, and the need for a secondary surgery. Smokers should refrain from smoking at least four weeks before and after the surgery. This is because complications arise more frequently when a patient continues to smoke. To minimize your risk of complications, it is important to closely stick to Dr. McKane's advice on follow-up care during the healing process.

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Dallas, TX 75230

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