Ear surgery (otoplasty) improves the many defects of the ear including shape, position or proportion of the ear. The surgery creates a natural ear shape which improves balance to the face and appearance. Your hearing is not affected by ear surgery.
Plastic surgery for overly large ears, protruding ears or ones that stick out can be performed on patients of all ages. Additionally, a torn earlobe, as a result of an earring being tugged, can usually be easily repaired.
Dr. Klainer will meet with you and discuss the procedure necessary to correct your individual problem.
A child with ears that stick out may be teased at school which affects self-esteem. “Ear pinning” surgery can be performed once ears have reached their full size at about age five or six. Parents should consider this surgery while the child is young as the cartilage is more pliable and easier to shape. The child receives psychological benefits from this surgery. However, this surgery can be performed at any age.
The surgery usually takes about two hours. Dr. Klainer will make an incision where the ear joins the head. Depending on the individual, he will either reshape and trim cartilage or may need to remove skin or cartilage. During surgery, the ears can also be made smaller and reshaped. Permanent stitches secure the cartilage in their new position. A soft dressing will be used to protect the ears for a short time and a headband may be used at nighttime for 4-6 weeks. After surgery, Dr. Klainer will discuss how to care for your ears following surgery.
Ear reduction surgery reduces the size of the ear and allows Dr. Klainer to sculpt the ear for a more balanced, symmetrical appearance. Scars from the surgery are usually hidden behind the ear. The full recovery for this type of surgery is generally a few weeks. The long term result is improved appearance and self- confidence.
Sometimes the cartilage on the upper portion of the ear does not fully form. If the ear does not have enough cartilage or the cartilage is misshapen, the ear may flop down or stick out. This problem is corrected by permanently stitching the cartilage in the upper ear to create a fold. By creating this fold, the ear is then propped up. The fold will be help in place later once scar tissue forms.
Torn Ear Lobes
Torn earlobes from earrings being pulled out or other ear trauma can be surgically repaired in the office. The earlobe heals in a short time and the ears can then be re-pierced in six weeks.
Dr. Klainer is available for a consultation to discuss your options for ear surgery. Call 703-421-6000.