Ear surgery, also known as “ear pinning” and surgically known as otoplasty, is the only Atlanta facial plastic surgery procedure commonly performed on children. Overly-large, disproportionate ears can have a tremendously negative effect on the self-esteem of children. As your child ages, schoolyard bullying can result from physical differences, increasing feelings of discomfort and a negative body image.
While often performed on children as young as 8 years old, Atlanta ear surgery can also be beneficial to adults. Board certified Atlanta, Georgia plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Crispin is sensitive to the discomfort asymmetrical and large ears can cause. He can even discuss with you other Atlanta plastic surgery procedures that can be performed in conjunction with ear surgery to create a completely balanced and symmetrical look.
Ear Surgery Procedure
The Atlanta otoplasty technique Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. Crispin chooses for your procedure will be dependent on the shape and size of your ears as well as the proportions of your other facial features. Because the goal of Atlanta ear surgery is to reduce the size and protrusion of your ears, this may include:
- An incision behind the ear through which excess cartilage can be removed and remaining cartilage reshaped.
- An incision behind the ear through which excess skin can be removed.
In both instances, permanent stitches will be placed in the natural folds behind your ears to hold them into their new position. These stitches are well hidden and should not be noticeable to anyone but you, nor should they result in any discomfort after the initial healing period.
Recovery from Ear Surgery
Recovery from Atlanta ear surgery is very quick. In most cases, discomfort will subside within one to two weeks, allowing you to return to work or your child to return to school. A headband will be required for the first few weeks to help prevent infection and to promote optimal molding of the ears to the head. Some people feel more comfortable waiting until this can be removed before resuming normal activities.
You can resume any activity that will not impact the ears within the first week, but will need to refrain from things that can bend the ears for up to four weeks. During this time you may experience dull throbbing along the incisions. This can easily be dealt with through the use of mild pain medications.
Your ears will be held in place with permanent sutures, making this procedure permanent. If your child has ear surgery, growth will not impact its effects and should not result in the need for additional procedures.
If you or your child is dissatisfied with having large ears and are interested in Atlanta otoplasty, please contact Crispin Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation with Marietta plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Crispin if you are in the Atlanta area.