If your ears are large or appear to stick out, we can change their position, shape, and contour. Also called otoplasty or ear pinning, cosmetic ear surgery can be performed on children as young as age five, as well as on adults. Ear surgery procedure is often performed under local anesthesia with sedation, and recovery time is typically one week.
What is an Otoplasty / Ear Surgery?
Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that can help improve abnormally shaped ears, young or old. Dr. Leeman is able to effectively pin back or reshape the outer ear. Advanced techniques are also available to treat more severe ear problems. In rare cases when a baby is born with no outer ear at all, a natural looking ear can be constructed. Dr. Leeman can also employ reconstructive procedures to repair ears damaged by traumatic injury or complications resulting from ear-piercing.
Will ear surgery affect my hearing?
No, a change in shape of the ear will not affect hearing. Although the ears fold and convolutions do serve to concentrate and localize sound waves, routine ear surgery to pin back or reshape the ears will not produce a noticeable change in hearing.
How old must a patient be to undergo an Otoplasty?
Surgery to pin back protruding ears may be done as early as age five or six. By this time, the ear has achieved much of its adult size and is almost completely formed. The cartilage, however, is still soft and easily molded, making it possible to get good results.
How is an Otoplasty performed?
Dr. Leeman makes incisions behind the ear, where they are easily hidden in a natural crease. He removes excess skin and sculpts the cartilage, reducing the size of the ears and repositioning them closer to the head. Permanent sutures may be placed in the cartilage to secure its position and create natural looking ear folds.
How long does ear surgery take?
An Otoplasty generally lasts one to two hours. Depending on the needs and desires of his patients, this timeframe can vary.
What can I expect after the ear pinning procedure?
After the surgery, you will wear a soft, padded pressure bandage to protect your ears and hold them in place. After five to seven days, the bandage may be removed. At that time, it is advised to wear a stretchy headband or stocking cap for a week or longer, especially at night. Patients should not sleep on their side for three weeks after the surgery. Patients should also refrain from bending over during the first three weeks. You will be able to resume normal activity one month after surgery.
What are the risks involved with an Otoplasty?
As with any procedure, complications and risks include bruising and swelling, infection, adverse reactions to anesthesia and problems with the healing of the skin. Smokers have a higher risk of complications during the skin healing process.
Is Dr. Leeman Board-Certified?
Yes, Dr. Leeman is actually Double-Board-Certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.