Have you experienced trauma that left your ear out of shape, missing all together, or left you with problems due to a shift in their structure? Have you inherited ears that don’t seem to fit your desires for your appearance? Even a slight change can make a world of differenceto your self esteem.
Otoplasty, or Ear Pinback, are the surgical and the non-surgical procedures for the correcting of defects and deformities of the external ear, as well as the reconstructing a missing ear, consequent to trauma. Dr. Blinski creates the patient a naturally proportioned external ear by moving, augmenting, and reshaping the framework of the outer part of the ear.
The external ear is a challenging part of the anatomy to operate upon, because the outer ear (pinna) is composed primarily of a delicate framework of cartilage covered with thin and hairless skin. In otoplastic procedures, the supporting framework of any reconstructed ear must be considerably more rigid than the supporting framework of a normal ear.
The goal of an Otoplasty procedure is to set, or pin, back the ears in a way that they appear to be naturally proportionate and contoured, without indication or evidence of any surgical correction.
The Otoplasty Procedure
Otoplastic surgeries require that the patient be under anesthesia — local or general. To correct some problems, such as a lop ear, incisions are most likely necessary. However, the procedure can also be done as an incisionless procedure, with the surgeon placing a needle into the skin and modeling the cartilage such that it will affix the appropriate areas together.
The earlobe is the most difficult part of the ear to reposition in Otoplasty, mostly because the earlobe will appear to be disproportionate and malpositioned already before the procedure, and even more so after the procedure. The most effective technique for repositioning the earlobe is for the surgeon to cut the skin on the surface of the earlobe; when suturing it closed, the surgeon can then move the earlobe towards the patient’s head.
After undergoing otoplasty surgery, the patient will need a ride home, and will need someone to remain with them for a minimum of 24 hours. In very few circumstances, Dr. Blinski may suggest a short stay in the hospital.
Most patients are prescribed pain medications, antibiotics, and steroid medication to treat inflammation after surgery. A cold compress may be recommended for one or two days after your otoplasty surgery and then alternating cold and hot compresses for one or two days. Most patients decide to stay home for about a week after the procedure. It is not dangerous to be outside but it is strongly recommended that you wear a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
Any external sutures will usually be removed 4 or 5 days after surgery. Any internal stents will usually be removed in 4 days to 2 weeks following your procedure. After a otoplasty, you should shortly be able to return to your typical activities. Your otoplasty, with the proper care, will not hinder your quality of life and should show results in very little time. The surgery usually requires little or no down-time depending on the patient’s situation.
Bruising usually takes about 2 weeks to subside. After a otoplasty, there is a modest amount of shifting and settling during the first year.
Let Us Help You Decide
Otoplasty is an effective and fast surgical procedure. It is not only a surgery to remedy or perfect a physical condition; it can also increase the patient’s self-confidence and help achieve an improved quality of life.
Dr. Blinski offers a wide variety of options to help assure incredible results. If you’re in search of a progressive, highly effective procedure to significantly enhance your appearance, otoplasty is something you will want to think about.
With Dr. Blinski’s expertise, getting a otoplasty is easy and affordable. Make an appointment today to consult with Dr. Blinski to see if you are a good candidate for otoplasty. The more we can help educate you about otoplasty surgery the more you will have assurance of success.
During your consultation, Dr. Blinski will examine you, ask you questions, and address any concerns you may have in order to determine if you are a good candidate for otoplasty You can also talk to Dr. Blinski about what to anticipate, how the surgery will be performed, and how long recovery may take. Dr. Blinski will share with you the cost of the surgery as well.