Otoplasty, Ear Pinning, or Bat-Ear Repair

Facelift by by Dr. BCK Patel MD, FRCS in Salt Lake City and St. George, Utah

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.

 
Otoplasty: correction of bat ears in a female

HOW IS OTOPLASTY OR EAR LOBE REPAIR PERFORMED?

​Local anaesthetic is injected with a very fine needle. Once the area is numb, the excess tissue is excised using radio wave surgery device. There is virtually no pain associated with this procedure once the area is fully numb. The incision is then maticulously repaired using fine stitching on the front and the back of the ears. Stitches are removed in 5 to 7 days.
“Well, the last time I had a picture taken I could hardly see my eyes because of the weight of heavy eyelid. Then I paid attention to how I was actually using my eyes and I really noticed when I was looking at anything especially the computer I was straining my forehead to see better. Since I have had it done I no longer have to lift the forehead and tilt my head to see. It is amazing! I love…”  D. Rock  63 Yrs Old with Fat Droopy Eyes – Salt Lake City, UT

HOW LONG WILL MY EAR LOBE REPAIR TAKE?

Otoplasty takes between 1 to 2 hours.
Earlobe repair surgery takes about 30–60 minutes.

 
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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?

The following patients are advised to avoid any elective cosmetic surgery:

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)

Earlobe repair is a quick and effective cosmetic surgery procedure to correct ears stretched by tribal ear piercing (flesh tunnels) or split earlobes torn when normal earrings rip.
 

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.

 
 
Repair of split ear lobes before and after by Dr. BCK Patel MD, FRCS
Repair of split ear lobes before and after by Dr. BCK Patel MD, FRCS

HOW ARE EARLOBES REPAIRED?

These repairs are generally performed using local anesthesia and may take about 20 minutes per earlobe. Varying techniques are used to repair earlobes, varying from resection of a part of the earlobe followed by repair to local resection of lining and layered closure. With larger dilated holes, an “M”-plasty or “W”-plasty repair is performed to give an irregular scar which looks best. Rotational flaps are sometimes used to give the earlobe its contour back again. The sutures used will be a combination of deep and superficial, dissolving and sutures that are removed a few weeks later.
“I had a excellent eye lift done by Dr. Patel. He knows what he is doing and is very pleasant. Dr.Patel was easy to get an appointment and he works with you. The office staff was very pleasant and made you feel calm.”  D. Gull Highly recommended for eye lift surgery – Salt Lake City, UT

HOW WILL MY SCARS LOOK?

After your sutures are removed, the scars tend to be a little thickened and somewhat pink: this settles over time. Over a few months, the healing will result in an
​almost invisible scar.

WHEN CAN I RE-PIERCE MY EARLOBES?

A piercing away from the site of repair may be performed within three months of repair. However, any piercing close to the site of repair should be delayed for six months. ​

WHEN CAN I WEAR EARRINGS?

Clip-on earrings may be worn within two to four weeks. 

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FAQs

Facelifts are performed in an operating theatre for the sake of sterility and your comfort. We have a team of anesthesiologists and nurses who are trained to specifically look after patients undergoing these procedures.
 
 
General anesthesia is best for facelifts, although in some instances, sedation anesthesia may also be used.
 

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. ​

Lasers will be used to treat peri-oral lines, “sleep lines” on the cheeks and other skin irregularities. The advantage of using all the skills and modalities available to us, rather than performing quick or weekend or one-hour facelifts is that it allows us to give you a remarkable improvement not only in the structure and appearance of the face, but also the health and smoothness of the skin as seen here:
 
Facelift surgery can take between 3 and 5 hours of surgery time, depending upon the planned procedures, patient’s face-type, age and other factors. ​
 
Bruising and swelling are de rigeur! However, significant long-lasting complications are rare.
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. 
 
Bruising around the jawline and upper neck is common for the first two weeks. The face itself usually will not get much bruising, but may be pink from any laser work. Swelling is to be expected because of the extent of the surgery: the swelling abates over about two weeks. ​
 
Only if insurance will buy you a Rolls Royce (Phantom, of course). ​
 
A sensation of firmness will be there because of the swelling: this is present for the first few days. Most patients do not need prescription pain medication after the first two to three days. ​
 
We will provide you with a special neck dressing which you will wear as much as you can for the first couple of weeks. You will also apply a moisturizer (any brand will do) to the face as healing skin and lasered skin requires moisturizer. Icing the face also helps for the first two to three days. Many of our patients will ice the face for longer as it feels good. You may be up-and-about the day after surgery. Gentle exercise (treadmill and stationary bicycle) may be commenced by day 3. More vigorous exercise like skiing and tennis may be resumed by about day 10. ​
 
Ideally, you should be within about 3 – 5 pounds of your desired weight. Whereas I can create the most beautiful angles and curves in slim patients, if you are able to get close to your ideal weight, we can wonders as can be seen in this patient who lost some weight before her surgery and is absolutely chuffed at her result:
 

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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    ​1025E 3300S
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84106, USA

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    Dr. BCK Patel MD, FRCS
    617 E Riverside Dr Suite 101
    ​Saint George, UT 84790, USA
    (435) 215-0014
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