Treats: Ears that are disproportionately large or protrude from the sides of the head
Length: 1-2 hours
Anesthesia: Awake or asleep
Side Effects: Patients may experience swelling and possible numbness around the incision site.
Risks: Anytime a patient has any kind of surgery, there is a risk of bleeding, infection, scarring, or side effects from anesthesia.
Recovery: 1-2 weeks
Duration of Results: Permanent
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Read more ear surgery and otoplasty FAQs.
Children and adults alike may have ears that protrude from the head. This can be easily corrected in a minimally-invasive procedure known as otoplasty.
Otoplasty is commonly performed on children. Unfortunately, children with prominent ears may be subject to teasing from their peers, as they are commonly referred to as having “Dumbo” or “Mickey Mouse” ears. This may affect the psychological development of a child. Pinning ears back to a more inconspicuous position can be a life-changing procedure for a young patient.
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If the appearance of your ears is a concern for you or your child, Dr. Kulbersh can help. His specialized training in facial plastic surgery procedures allows him to create a natural shape that brings balance and proportion to the ears and face.
Otoplasty, commonly referred to as ear pinning, is a surgery that reshapes large or protruding ears to bring them closer to the side of the head. This ear operation can improve the shape, position, or proportion of the ear. It can also correct a defect in the outer ear structure present at birth or caused by an injury.
Learn more about ear pinning surgery at ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.
Ear pinning can be performed on patients at least five years of age, once the ears have reached the appropriate size to undergo surgery. Dr. Kulbersh often recommends that children requiring otoplasty should undergo the procedure as soon as possible to protect the child from possible teasing by peers. Patients should not have an active ear infection or illness that would prevent proper healing.
Otoplasty can correct the following issues:
- Oversized ears
- Protruding ears occurring on one or both sides
- Asymmetry between the ears
- Dissatisfaction with previous ear surgery
- Trauma to the ear
Cosmetic surgery on the ears is a relatively straightforward procedure. During the procedure, the skin and cartilage behind the ears are reshaped. The size and shape of the ear can be altered as well.
The procedure is minimally invasive. An incision is made behind the ear to hide the scar. The cartilage is weakened, reshaped or removed, and finally matched to the shape of the lobe, so the new ear shape looks natural.
Recovery after ear surgery is relatively comfortable. Bandages will be removed just a few days after surgery. Some swelling is normal and usually resolves within a week or two. You may need to avoid sleeping on the ear for up to two weeks. You should be able to return to work or school within a week.
For the top facial surgery and recovery in Charlotte, Dr. Kulbersh is proud to announce the opening of Fairview Surgical Suites and Fairview Recovery Retreat. Unlike a hospital, Fairview Surgical Suites is a cutting-edge single operating theater that ensures expert treatment from top medical professionals and staff who are focused solely on a single procedure at a time. Meanwhile, Fairview Recovery Retreat is a pristine spa-like recovery center where patients can relax and heal while under the supervision of aftercare professionals.
If you are interested in an otoplasty to improve the appearance of your ears or your child’s ears, call (704) 842-3644 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kulbersh.
Frequently asked questions
During the procedure, you will not feel any pain because you will be under anesthesia. However, it is normal for your ears to throb for 1-2 days after the procedure. Medication can help control any discomfort.
The results of otoplasty are apparent almost immediately in the case of protruding ears or big ears. Once the dressings and bandages are removed you will be able to see the new appearance of your ears.
Surgical scars are usually hidden behind the ear or in the natural creases of the ear. Ear specialist Dr. Kulbersh utilizes minimally invasive techniques to ensure minimal scarring.
Otoplasty is simply the reforming of the shape of the outer ear. It will not have any effect on the ability of the ear to hear.
Yes. It is very common for parents to bring in their children for an otoplasty. However, it is very important that the child wants the ear pinning procedure as well. Dr. Kulbersh takes the time to make sure the child has positive feelings about the surgery and is ready to change their appearance.