Ear Pinning (Otoplasty)
Otoplasty, or corrective ear surgery, is performed on more children than adults and corrects one of the only physical abnormalities that cries out for cosmetic surgery. Children with protruding ears, or “lop” ears (where the tip of the ear fold over), are often victims of cruel nicknames like “Radar” or “Dumbo,” which can lead to poor self-esteem, poor social skills, and low classroom participation.
“The sooner, the better for corrective ear surgery,” says Dr. Burke Robinson. “Better to correct the defect before psychological damage from peer ridicule occurs.”
An incision is placed in the crease behind the ear. Dr. Robinson then removes the necessary amounts of cartilage and skin required to achieve the right effect. In some cases, he may need to trim the cartilage, shaping it into a more desirable form and then pin the cartilage back with permanent suture to secure the cartilage. In other instances, he does not remove any cartilage at all, using stitches to hold the cartilage permanently in place. After sculpting the cartilage to the desired shape, Dr. Robinson uses sutures to anchor the ear until healing occurs to hold the ear in the desired position.
A soft, thick dressing is placed on the head for one day. When the dressing is removed the ears will be somewhat swollen. A soft headband is worn at night to protect the ears. The patient can return to school or work in less than a week and full activity (including sports) in approximately two weeks. For ear pinning Atlanta please contact Dr Robinson today!