Ear Pinning or Ear Reconstruction
Otoplasty is an operation performed to 'pin back' protuberant or bat ears. It may be performed in childhood, frequently just prior to starting school, or in adults.
Avoid smoking prior to surgery in order to prevent unnecessary complications.
Surgery begins with an incision just behind the ear, in the natural fold where the ear is joined to the head. The surgeon will then remove the necessary amounts of cartilage and skin required to achieve the right effect. In some cases, the surgeon will trim the cartilage, shaping it into a more desirable form and then pin the cartilage back with permanent sutures to secure the cartilage.
Pain connected with the surgery is minimal to moderate and is controlled with oral medication. Bandages are removed within a few days but may be replaced with a lighter head dressing. Wearing a tennis headband for a period of time to hold back the ears may also be recommended. Bruising around the area occurs but fades within a few weeks. Some temporary swelling occurs but this condition can be alleviated by keeping the head elevated when reclining. You may be advised to sleep on a soft pillow but not directly on the ears. Six to eight days after surgery, you may be allowed to shampoo your hair. Scars from the incisions fade significantly in time and are, for the most part, inconspicuous because the incisions are made within the creases of the ears.
Elevate your head to decrease the swelling. Do not lie on your sides for 7-10 days after surgery. Sleep on a soft pillow or a foam pillow. If you wear glasses, modify the temple pieces of the glasses to avoid putting pressure on your ears.
Do not remove the dressings. Your surgeon or a nurse will do this 3-5 days after surgery. Once the dressings are removed, avoid pulling on the stitches or bending the ear forward.
Wear a headband over the ears for 6-8 weeks after surgery when sleeping or during sports activities and whenever possible. The greater amount of time you wear the headband may ensure a better result.
If there is crusting along the suture lines behind the ears, apply antibiotic ointment (terramucm or Bacitracin) after cleansing with soap and water.
Protect your cars from cold temperatures. Because of temporary numbness, you may not feet extremes of temperatures. Tingling, burning, and "shooting pain" sensations may occur as the superficial nerves regenerate.
For 3-6 months after your surgery, your ears will turn pink and may swell in hot weather.