Ear Reshaping – Jacksonville Plastic Surgery
Otoplasty, referred to as ear reshaping or ear pinning, is performed at Jacksonville Plastic Surgery by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. John J. Obi. The ear reshaping procedure is performed at our on on-site surgical facility, The Jacksonville Plastic Surgery Center, on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with sedation and is usually completed in 2 to 3 hours. The Jacksonville Plastic Surgery Center is accredited by the prestigious American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).
The decision to have ear pinning surgery is a very personal one and the most frequent factors in this decision are:
• to reduce the size of large ears
• to set prominent ears closer to the head
• to improve earlobe size and shape
• to correct ear shape problems
• to avoid the teasing or ridicule of children with protruding ears
• to build new ears to correct a birth condition or injury
Ear reshaping surgery can enhance your appearance and self-confidence, in addition to giving your face a more balanced and pleasing shape. Children who undergo the surgery may feel more secure about their ears and more comfortable with their peers. Otoplasty can be done alone or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as rhinoplasty. People find the ear pinning procedure to be a most rewarding and beneficial experience.
Otoplasty usually involves a small incision in the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage. The cartilage is then sculpted and bent back toward the head. Non-removable stitches may be used to help maintain the new shape. Occasionally, a larger piece of cartilage is removed to provide a more natural-looking fold when the surgery is complete.
Another technique involves a similar incision in the back of the ear. Skin is removed and stitches are used to fold the cartilage back on itself to reshape the ear without removing cartilage.
There are risks involved with any surgical procedure and the specific risks and restrictions after surgery will be discussed in detail at your consultation. Generally it is recommended that patients avoid smoking and the ingestion of any medications (aspirin, Vitamin E, etc.) that may affect bleeding before any surgery is undertaken.
There are physical restrictions immediately following the surgery, and usually patients are able to return to work or school within a week.