Are you one of those people that are cursed with overly large ears? This can be a difficult thing to live with, especially for children. The ridicule and teasing received during childhood affects your self-confidence and self-esteem as an adult. You probably have tried every possible hair style to hide your ears. When your ears stick out too wide, it can be hard to find the right hat as an adult and the cruelty on the playground children experience is damaging.
Self-confidence is not easy regain in this situation, but at The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland, we offer ear pinning surgery, also known as otoplasty. This simple procedure pins the ears closer to your head, creating less protrusion. Otoplasty is a safe and can effectively improve not only your facial appearance but boost self-esteem.
The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland has performed otoplasty on many adults, but it can be performed by the time a child reaches the age of five or six when the ears have reached their full size. The younger the patient, the pliable the ears are making it easier to mold them. Otoplasty has the best results when performed on a child because of their flexibility.
What takes place in a otoplasty? Dr. Basner will make an incision just behind the ear in the natural crease where is not visible. He will remove some of the cartilage and skin, shaping the remaining cartilage to the aesthetic look you wants. When Dr. Basner has stitched the skin back up, the ears are flatter against the head and in better proportion to the face.
Dr. Banser can perform the surgery on an outpatient basis or in a hospital setting. A local anesthesia is used along with mild sedatives for adults and teens while young children are placed under general anesthesia. The procedure normally takes less than two hours and outpatients are home the same day.
As with any surgery, otoplasty is no different. There is a small risk where the sutures could break or the surgeon creates asymmetrical ears. A very extreme and rare case, otoplasty patients have experienced numbness and hematoma as well as heavy bleeding, thick scaring and possible infection. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to ask the staff of The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland. We’ll be more than glad to answer those questions and put those concerns at ease.
You can expect some pain and discomfort during your recovery. This is usually managed with prescriptions that Dr. Basner provides or over-the-counter pain killers he may recommend. As well, you can expect some bruising, swelling and tenderness after surgery.
After your surgery, Dr. Basner will recommend the use of ear bandages for a number of days. For some patients, he may require special headbands to keep the ears in place for one or two weeks. Any scars usually fade over time.
Overall, ear pinning is a safe procedure that will effect not only your appearance but boost your self-confidence and self-esteem too. For Dr. Basner and staff at The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland, our goal is to reveal the beauty in you.