At Dilworth Facial Plastic Surgery, we are pleased to offer otoplasty to all ages of patients. Depending on patient preference, otoplasty may be performed as an in-office procedure under local anesthesia or at a local surgery center if general anesthesia is required.
Otoplasty or “Ear Pinning” for North Carolina
Functioning to “frame” the face, the ears are an important component of facial aesthetics. The shape, symmetry, and prominence of the ears are important characteristics of overall facial harmony. Often the result of heredity and in some cases trauma, anatomic deformities can result in protruding and/or misshapen ears. These can have profound effects on one’s self-confidence and may be particularly difficult for children. Otoplasty, also known as “ear pinning” is a powerful option to tailor the appearance of the ears, creating symmetry, balance, and appear in proportion with the rest of the face.
When performing ear surgery, Dr. Andrea Garcia and Dr. Josh Surowitz draw on their experience as board-certified facial plastic surgeons to camouflage incisions in the natural contours of the ear, shaping the skin and cartilage into a new form and position that appear natural in its overall balance. Their ultimate goal is to reduce prominence/size, create symmetry and natural form to ensure that a patient’s various and unique facial features sit in harmony with each other.
I had an osteoma on my forehead that had been slowly growing over the course of the last 10 years. Within the last year, a second osteoma had started to become visible as well. I decided that I needed to do surgery to get them removed since they were both continuing to growing larger. I decided to talk to multiple plastic surgeons to try to find the right fit for me. Despite the fact that I had decided to look into the surgery, I was still a little hesitant about diving into the unknown. At my first appointment, I immediately felt a connection with Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz. It was a combination of many things. First of all, it eased my mind to see the results of other patients who had undergone the same procedure. Also, I was glad to know that they would both be involved in the surgery … two for the price of one. Last, but not least, their bedside manner puts you at ease. They really listened to what was important to me and explained their process to me rather than simply trying to push their agenda on me. After the surgery, they gave me their cell phone so I could stay in touch and called that afternoon to check up on me. Thank you Drs.
The surgery itself is an outpatient procedure lasting one to two hours. Each ear surgery is different, but may involve internal sutures to re-contour the ear, sutures to pull the ear closer to the head, or the removal of cartilage to make the ear smaller or a new shape. Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz will camouflage any incisions by hiding them in the creases behind the ear.
Ear surgery patients can return home after the surgery. A headband is worn for several weeks as part of the recovery process, after which the newly shaped and proportioned ears will be sufficiently healed for a return to daily activities.
We also offer two other forms of ear surgery: earlobe repair and earlobe reduction. These surgeries are performed on earlobes that have been stretched or torn, either from wearing heavy earrings, or from trauma. This condition can be both aesthetically undesirable and physically uncomfortable.
The ear may be pierced approximately six weeks after earlobe repair or reduction. We offer ear piercing as a convenience to our patients.
Earlobe repair is a simple surgical procedure performed in-office under local anesthesia.
Incisions are made and the defect is closed with fine sutures, restoring a natural contour to the earlobe. Downtime is minimal, and sutures will be removed approximately one week after the procedure. The ear may be pierced approximately six weeks after earlobe repair. We offer ear piercing as a convenience to our patients.
Dr. Andrea Garcia and Dr. Josh Surowitz are dual board certified surgeons.
Earlobe reduction is also performed under local anesthesia in the office, and takes about 30 to 45 minutes per ear.
A wedge of tissue (the size of which depends on the desired reduction) is removed from the earlobe, after which the earlobe edges are sutured back together. The resultant scar is barely perceptible and the ear may be pierced approximately six weeks after surgery.
More Aesthetic Options
In addition to cosmetic ear surgery, at Dilworth Facial Plastic Surgery we provide comprehensive aesthetic facial surgery including facelift, browlift, eyelid lifts, rhinoplasty, and hair restoration. Trust your face to Dilworth Facial Plastic Surgery!