People of all ages can feel extremely self-conscious about having prominent ears. If you or your child is concerned about ears that protrude too far from your or your child’s head, then having an ear pinning or “otoplasty” procedure might be the right decision to make. Most otoplasties are done on children between ages 4-14, and Dr. Gerstle, a father of three young children, is excellent at putting young children at ease.
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Whether the surgery is for an adult or child, the patient and/or parent/guardian will first sit with Dr. Gerstle for a private consultation. Medical history, birth history for children and a physical exam will all be performed and goals will be discussed. Our 3D imaging system called “Mirror imaging” can help patients visualize the result they can expect. Once you and Dr. Gerstle decide to move forward with the surgery, there are a few options.
If the surgery is to be performed on a young child, Dr. Gerstle may recommend general anesthesia. If your child has other medical problems such as sleep apnea, heavy snoring or diabetes, then he may perform the surgery in a hospital where the child would stay overnight. If the child is otherwise healthy, Dr. Gerstle may recommend a general anesthetic in an outpatient surgery center. When the procedure is performed on an adult, it is usually performed under sedation and local anesthetic in the office or outpatient surgery center.
The surgery takes about 2-3 hours. Depending on the problem to be corrected, Dr. Gerstle will make small subtle incisions in the skin folds and sculpt the cartilage toward the back of the head. Sometimes, extra cartilage needs to be taken to make a more natural looking fold. After the surgery, most patients leave the surgery center after a few hours in the recovery area. If the procedure takes place in a hospital, the child will usually go up to his or her room after a few hours in the recovery area.
When is the best time for my child to have his/her ears pinned?
Parents are usually first to notice a child’s protruding ears, and Dr. Gerstle recommends not undergoing the procedure until the child mentions it himself or herself. Surgery can be scary to a child, and no surgery happens without some element of discomfort. Therefore, the more the child is on board with wanting the procedure, the better the child will be able to cope with anxiety or discomfort.
When can someone resume normal activities after ear pinning surgery?
Most patients can return to work or school after a few days of taking it easy. Dr. Gerstle recommends avoiding vigorous activity, such as contact sports for up to three months.
Will the results of an ear pinning be permanent?
While the ears will be swollen and bruised immediately after surgery, once the swelling decreases and the bruising fades, the results will be permanent. Dr. Gerstle suggests waiting six months for the final result to be judged.
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