Otoplasty in Philadelphia, PA

Ear Pinning Before Surgery

Ears that appear to stick out or are overly large can be helped by ear surgery.

Dr. Lohner sees patients from Bryn Mawr, Main Line, Rosemont, Philadelphia, and other cities throughout Pennsylvania for otoplasty surgery.

The most common form of ear surgery, or otoplasty, involves reducing the size of ears or setting them back closer to the head (ear pinning). This procedure is most often undergone by children or adolescents to correct a perceived imbalance in facial features or proportion, though adults also have ear surgery for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes.

Ear Pinning Incisions

An incision is made in the back of the ear so cartilage can be sculpted or folded. Stitches are used to close the incision and help maintain the new shape.

The actual surgical process usually requires a small incision in the back of the ear, through which the surgeon will remove and/or reshape the cartilage in the ear. Either local or general anesthesia may be indicated depending on the patient and circumstances. The incision is closed with stitches, and patients can resume most activities within one to two weeks. Complications from this type of surgery, mainly the possibility of infection or blood clotting, are mostly minor and easily treated.

Other ear problems that can be addressed through surgery are folded or cupped ears and shell ear, a case in which normal folds and creases are absent. Unusually shaped earlobes can be modified, and even complete ears built for those with congenital abnormalities or patients who have experienced severe trauma.

During your pre-operative consultation with Dr. Lohner, he will assess you or your child’s current condition and propose the technique that he believes will achieve the best results. At that time, he will also inform you of other risks and how to prepare for the surgery.

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