What is ear pinning?
Prominent ears can make a person self-consciousness but is easily corrected. Ear pinning (or, otoplasty) involves decreasing the projection of the ears (how much they stick out) or their overall size to improve one’s appearance.
Two reasons exist for a large or over projecting ear: 1) lack of deep outer fold, or 2) overabundance of cartilage in the cup of the ear.
Dr. Panossian’s background in facial plastic surgery allows him to identify and correct both problems reliably.
How is ear pinning (otoplasty) performed?
Ear pinning (otoplasty) is performed usually with a hidden incision behind the ear. Dr. Panossian manipulates and gently weakens the ear cartilage to create a deeper, more defined fold. Sutures will then hold the ear in its new shape. Sometimes, Dr. Panossian may need to cut out excess cartilage in the bowl or cup of the ear that is causing the prominence. The same procedure is carried out on both ears to get excellent symmetry. The incision is then closed with sutures. Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure and takes between 1.5 and 2 hours to complete.
What is the recovery from Otoplasty like?
Ear pinning (otoplasty) is frequently performed on both children and adults. Immediately following surgery, Dr. Panossian may apply a bulky dressing to cover the ears. Throbbing and discomfort over the ears may occur for the first few days. Dr. Panossian will prescribe pain medication. Dressings are removed one week later in the office and a lighter, removable headband-type dressing is used. You may begin bathing normally but must avoid scrubbing the ears during your otoplasty recovery. Stitches are usually dissolvable and will disappear on their own in a week or two.
Risks and Complications
What are the risks and complications of Otoplasty?
Most individuals are thrilled by the outcome of their ear pinning (otoplasty). In some cases, slight asymmetry may occur during the postoperative period. This is usually subtle and does not require correction.
Usual postoperative restrictions apply. You must avoid heavy lifting, contact sports, or aggressive exercise for 4 to 6 weeks.
Additionally, as with any surgery, ear pinning (otoplasty) carries a risk of bleeding, infection, or adverse anesthetic reactions. Adherence to Dr. Panossian’s pre-and postoperative instructions will limit your chance of having these problems.
In the event of a small blood collection underneath the skin (hematoma), Dr. Panossian may need to drain the fluid with a small needle in the office. Antibiotics may be required to treat an infection. Sometimes, Dr. Panossian may need to numb up the area to release a small abscess or hematoma.
Contact Dr. Panossian’s office at any time to go over your questions regarding operative instructions and postoperative care. Never hesitate to call us in the event of an emergency or for clarification.
Why choose Dr Panossian
- He received his medical education at Tufts University School of Medicine.
- Graduated at the top of his class at UCLA, receiving Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude honors.
- Was accepted into an elite combined general surgery and plastic surgery residency at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
- Completed subspecialty training in craniofacial surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and Harvard Medical School.
- Was mentored by Dr. Ron Zuker in the practice of facial paralysis reconstruction. This prestigious fellowship position was available to only one surgeon in the United States.
- Is affiliated with various charitable and educational organizations, including Operation Smile and Mending Kids.
- Is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the highly selective American Association of Plastic Surgeons, reserved for only a select group of individuals nationally who have demonstrated excellence in academic plastic surgery.
- Holds memberships in several other professional societies including the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery.
- He serves on the Board of Directors for Mending Kids and the Gondobay Manga Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of lives in Sierra Leone.
- Has been nominated by his peers annually since 2012 as a “Super Doctor.”
- Served as an expert medical consultant and appeared on The Doctors, Grey’s Anatomy, and Nip/Tuck.
- Has been featured as “Top Doctor” in US News and World Report, Pasadena Magazine, and Los Angeles Magazine.
Frequently Asked Questions About Ear Pinning
If you live near Pasadena, CA, Dr. Panossian offers ear pinning among its services and is conveniently located at 39 Congress St., Suite 402 Pasadena, CA 91105. You can discuss the ear pinning surgery cost and other concerns with Dr. Panossian before making a decision.
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