Feel comfortable and confident about your ears with an ear pinning procedure.
Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that allows a doctor to adjust the shape and prominence of a patent’s ears relative to their face. Many of these conditions can be performed in a single office visit and will last a lifetime. The difference a small change like this can make for a child or an adult with misshapen ears can be amazing and can help boost their self-confidence and their appearance.
Unlike other plastic surgeries, ear pinning can be performed on children as young as 5-years-old. By this age, the ear cartilage is structurally mature enough to support changes to the ear’s shape and angle. To be a good candidate for ear pinning, your child must also be willing to cooperate and to follow post-surgical instructions. Many parents choose ear pinning as a way to protect their children from teasing.
Because the ear is composed of mostly cartilage, the patient must be at least five years old to have the procedure. By this age, the cartilage that supports the structure of the ear has matured to the size it will maintain throughout adulthood and allows for changes to the shape and angle of the ear to be made. These adjustments usually involve contouring this cartilage to provide a more natural shape to the ear. Another technique can adjust how far a patient’s ear protrudes from their head by adding a slight bump to the curve of the inner surface of the ear. These procedures can almost always be performed under local anesthetic for adults and general anesthetic for younger children.
You will wake up from surgery with soft dressings around your ears. You will not be able to put any pressure on your ears for one week, so you will need to sleep on your back. You must also avoid any activity that has the potential to put pressure on your ears. Depending on the extent of the surgery, you may need to wear a headband for up to one week to hold your ears in place. Most of the swelling will dissipate after 72 hours; however, it can take up to three weeks for the final result to be visible.
You may feel some aching in the days following surgery. This can generally be managed with over-the-counter painkillers. Dr. Kevin Sadati also suggests using a homeopathic remedy called Arnica Montana to reduce inflammation and aid in your recovery. Most patients return to work after one week.
Dr. Sadati has been performing this type of procedure for more than a decade and has the experience needed to correct an ear problem. He has developed innovative techniques to minimize the amount of surgery needed to accomplish most ear adjustments. Dr. Sadati’s goal is to create natural looking ears that harmonize with your facial features. If you or a loved one is interested in this procedure, contact our Newport beach office today to schedule an appointment.
What takes place during the otoplasty?
During the otoplasty procedure, the facial plastic surgeon works to reshape the prominent areas of the ear so that they look more natural. The goal is to eliminate the prominence of the years and allow them to blend in more naturally with the other facial features. Each patient who opts to have an otoplasty performed will have a different reason for doing so, and an expert facial plastic surgeon will take the time to create a custom surgical plan for each individual patient. This ensures successful, natural-looking results after the surgery.
Who is a qualified candidate for this procedure?
Both children and adults can have the otoplasty procedure performed. A child must be at least 5 years old before they can have it performed, and any minor requires written consent from a parent or guardian. Adults who opt to have this procedure performed should be in good physical health and have realistic expectations of this surgery. Their ears should be significantly prominent and require the otoplasty surgery in order to correct this appearance.
Where is the surgery performed?
In most cases, the otoplasty is performed under twilight sedation with local anesthesia for adults and general anesthesia for young children in a surgical center. Our qualified center ensures that patients are safe and comfortable in a clean facility. Qualified staff members, nurses, and anesthesiologists work in these facilities. Many patients prefer to have their otoplasty performed at a surgical center because it is more affordable than having it performed at a local hospital.
What is the recovery process like?
After the otoplasty is complete, the patient will have to spend several days resting and recovering. Efforts are taken in order to help the patient manage their pain levels, and a bandage is placed around the ears. The patient should sleep with their head elevated the night after the operation. The following day, the surgeon will remove the bandage around the ears. It typically takes five days before patients are able to go back to school or work.nnWhen a person’s ears stick out too far from their head, it can make them feel self-conscious. For children, the impact of bullyingng and teasing can last for many years to come and it can be difficult to deal with at the time. For adults, their appearance plays an important role in their personal and professional lives. This cosmetic surgery has proven itself to be effective in not only improving the patient’s appearance but also improving their quality of life.
Are there different otoplasty techniques?
There are many surgical approaches for correction of the congenital lop-ear deformity. Many decades ago, surgeons used skin excision only with a great tension closure to reposition the ears. Studies showed that the cause of these deformities is the irregularities in cartilages. Therefore, modern otoplasty started to focus on the correction of the deformed cartilages.nnOne of the causes of this deformity is the absence of a well-formed antihelix rather than simply an excessive angle of the ear from the head. To correct this deformity the surgeon must create a new antihelix by making a curvilinear incision on the cartilage and fold it over and then secure it with permanent sutures.nnSeveral other techniques are available which primarily use suturing to set cartilage position and contour. These approaches provided a more natural shape and minimized the unsightly ridges accompanying incisional and excisional methods.nnMustarde TechniquennMustarde technique is a multiple transcartilaginous permanent mattress suture to construct the antihelical fold. This method had the additional advantage of precisely setting the amount of antihelical folding by adjusting the tightness of the sutures.nnFurnas TechniquennFurnas technique uses sutures extending from the conchal bowl to the mastoid periosteum and from the scaphoid fossa to the temporalis fascia. Webster technique effectively combines newer and older techniques, using skin excision, resection of excessive cartilage, and mattress sutures at the antihelical fold, to achieve natural contour and position.nnModern ApproachnnThe great variety of techniques attests to the complexity of ear anatomy and the difficulty in achieving superior results with consistency. A modern approach to otoplasty is largely based upon the suture techniques developed by Mustarde and Furnas.nnWe have found that by using a graduated approach, first setting back the ear cartilage bowl and then contouring the antihelical fold as necessary, we are able to achieve the most natural-appearing result. This technique has the advantage of enabling precise positioning of the cartilage by progressively tightening the sutures until the desired contour is achieved.
Dr. Kevin Sadati is a top facial plastic surgeon in the Newport Beach and Orange County area with over 15 years of facial and reconstructive surgery experience. He is particularly known for creating natural, subtle results for his patients who don't appear that they've had work done. This can be credited to his extensive experience, as well as his surgical finesse and natural artistic talent. Along with years of studying and training, Dr. Sadati has experience as a painter and sculptor, which embodies his artistic eye for, and appreciation of, aesthetic harmony. He believes that this is key to creating beautiful, natural-looking results in cosmetic surgery. Dr. Sadati has been voted by his patients: “The Best Cosmetic Surgeon” in OC register 5 years in a row, “Top Plastic Surgeon in Orange County” in Locale magazine and received “Best Overall Facial Rejuvenation” award at the National Aesthetic Show by his peers. He also appeared in “The Doctors” show on NBC.
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