Otoplasty, Ear Pinning, or Bat-Ear Repair
Otoplasty or ear pinning surgery is generally performed to pin back and reduce the size of large and/or protruding ears that may cause an unaesthetic appearance.
Important: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Before/after photos are for reference purpose only and are subject to Copy Right laws. Individual results may vary.
HOW IS OTOPLASTY OR EAR LOBE REPAIR PERFORMED?
HOW LONG WILL MY EAR LOBE REPAIR TAKE?
Otoplasty takes between 1 to 2 hours.
Earlobe repair surgery takes about 30–60 minutes.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SURGERY?
Infection is the biggest risk with ear surgery. We advise our patients to keep a close eye on the treated area during the healing phase, to keep it clean and notify us immediately if there are any signs of infection. Oral antibiotics are warranted if infection occurs. There are some other rare complication which are discussed with the patient at the time of consultation. This includes delayed healing, scar formation and under or over correction.
WHO SHOULD NOT UNDERGO EAR LOBE REPAIR?
Patients prone to chronic infections.
Patients who are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Patients who have active cold sores.
Those who are taking systemic steroids.
Those taking anti-coagulant medication.
Patients with history of keloid scarring.
Patients undergoing a psychological stress.
(If there is any doubt, please discuss this with our doctor).
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EARLOBE REPAIR (STRETCHED OR SPLIT EARLOBE REPAIR)
WHAT IS EARLOBE REPAIR?
Wearing earrings will, in some cases, over time, result in stretching of the earlobes and stretching of the earlobe piercings. Accidental pull on earrings can also result in a rip in the earlobe. Finally, modern ear piercing fashions can lead to varying degrees of earlobe deformities and splits.
As the shape of the ear and earlobe should always be considered, not only in terms of sex and race, but also age, a repair is performed to try to return the earlobe to as normal an anatomical appearance as possible. This may involve the resection of scar tissue, freshening of margins, removal and reconstruction of the earlobe and other techniques. anyway.
HOW DO SPLIT EARLOBES OR STRETCHED PIERCINGS IMPACT LIFE?
Although the human body has amazing abilities to return to a “normal” size after weight gain and weight loss, similar stretching of piercings may not always allow the tissues to return to their normal size and shape. In particular, excessively long piercings or large holes created for large ornamental earrings will result in abnormally shaped earlobes which can be difficult to hide. This can affect your appearance, social life, or even work.
HOW ARE EARLOBES REPAIRED?
HOW WILL MY SCARS LOOK?
almost invisible scar.
WHEN CAN I RE-PIERCE MY EARLOBES?
WHEN CAN I WEAR EARRINGS?
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With a 3-D procedure, there are several layer of sutures, accurately placed to give the lifting, tightening and filling, without leaving any tell-tale pull-lines. Some are slow dissolving sutures, others are more permanent. The skin sutures are generally removed between 7 and 14 days.
Bleeding is not common as we pay close attention to proper hemostasis. On rare occasions, a small hematoma may collect.
Everyone will experience some numbness in the face: this resolves over weeks to months. This occurs because of the dissection of the face. This is not a complication.
Because of the dissection and repositioning of the tissues, it is common for there to be small differences in the smile between the right and left sides: this is usually only noticeable to the patient and to Dr. Patel! It recovers over a few weeks.
All faces have asymmetry and there will be some degree of asymmetry. This is to be expected.
Permanent weakness of nerves and muscles is rare.
The scars are usually very well hidden. However, some patients may have a tendency to cause hypertrophic scarring: in such cases, certain lasers and treatments will help. By-and-large, scars are rarely a problem. With Caucasian skin, pinkness of scars is to be expected for several weeks. With darker skin, some hyperpigmentation may occur.
In the first few days, everyone will experience some degree of dryness and blurry vision. You will also feel that your lids look a little tight on the outer corner where you will also feel some of the deeper sutures if you put your finger there: this is of no concern. The tightness and the bumps under the skin settle over a few weeks.
More serious complications which are very rare include excessive bleeding, hemorrhage and loss of vision.
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Dr. BCK Patel MD, FRCS
Salt Lake City, Utah 84106, USA
(801) 413-3599 (phone/text)
Dr. BCK Patel MD, FRCS
617 E Riverside Dr Suite 101
Saint George, UT 84790, USA