Your ears serve an important function. However, they are not commonly noticed unless they are too big, too prominent, misshapen or disfigured due to cancer extirpation of traumatic injury. They have the potential to severely detract from someone’s beauty if they contain a defect or protrude too much. Dr. Brenner is a specialist in all procedures necessary to handle any unwanted quality in the ears, and can help you achieve a look that maximizes your natural beauty.
Ear pinning, otherwise known as otoplasty, is cosmetic surgery for the ears. It may be done to handle any cosmetic issue in the ears, such as:
- Misshapen ears due to injury or cancer
- Misshapen ears due to birth defects
- Ears that protrude too far from the head
- Ears that are considered too large
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At the office of Dr. Brenner in Beverly Hills, otoplasty is done on an outpatient basis. In some cases, only sedation is required. In other more involved cases, general anesthesia may be required to render the patient fully unconscious for maximum comfort.
The specific procedures involved in otoplasty can vary greatly depending on what needs to be handled. The procedure will dictate what kind of incision is made, as well as the scars that will be left after the procedure. Incisions available during otoplasty procedures include:
- On the back of the ears
- Inside the creases within the ears
Once the incisions are made, Dr. Brenner will remove whatever excess cartilage and skin is contributing to the cosmetic issue. The remaining cartilage is then folded into place and secured with stitches within the tissue. External stitches will then be used to close the incisions.
Otoplasty generally takes about two hours.
Immediately following otoplasty, your ears will be dressed in bandages to safeguard and support them. There may be some initial itching and discomfort. Depending upon the pain level, Dr. Brenner may recommend pain medication. During the first week after surgery, it is wise to avoid sleeping on your side, as this will place undue pressure upon the ears. Any pressure or friction on the ears should be avoided.
Bandages will be removed within several days of the procedure. At this time, a loose headband must be worn at night for two to six weeks. This prevents your ears from being pulled forward if you roll over in bed.
Torn earlobe repair
Often times, your earlobes will go unnoticed unless they have been injured. An earlobe can be torn due to a number of reasons, such as trauma or injury that overcomes the strength of the lobe. Additionally, in those who wear earrings, the lobe may be torn if the earring gets caught in something or is improperly removed.
Torn earlobe repair are easily performed under local anesthesia and will make the lobe intact once again. The idea in this procedure is to rebuild the earlobe, so it is often necessary to remove scar tissue that may be left over from the tear. The repair is then performed according to the location, size and shape of the tear and how it is affected by the lobe’s natural anatomy. Once the earlobe is healed, it usually results in a hairline scar that is barely visible. Learn more on our torn earlobe repair page.