New Holiday Specials from Boynton Plastic Surgery

Otoplasty—colloquially known as “ear pinning”—is performed by board-certified plastic surgeon James F. Boynton, MD for children and adults who have prominent ears. Many women with prominent ears often hide their ears because they “stick out.” This procedure allows women to wear their hair back in a pony-tail—some for the first time—and it can be life-changing. A child with prominent ears can be incessantly teased at school, and most doctors agree that after age 7 (when the ear is fully grown to adult size) is a good time to perform this surgery—particularly during the summer months when school is out. The surgery can be performed either under general anesthesia or local anesthesia (in the office). With children, the procedure is always done under general anesthesia, but it is an outpatient procedure not requiring an overnight stay in the hospital. Adults have a choice—most still choose to do it under general but many also like the option of doing it under local in the office. The surgery involves a “retroauricular” incision placed and concealed behind the ear that allows “access” to the cartilage components of the ear-frame. Usually, the antehelix (crease in the upper third of the ear) requires sutures to re-create the crease or fold. The concha, or “bowl,” inside the ear is also “set back” using sutures. Sometimes the concha is too large and a portion of this has to be removed, as well. Finally, the lower third of the ear, namely the earlobe, also needs to be set back in some cases. All of these anatomic concerns can be dealt with in a single surgery with excellent results. Most patients remain in a “head dressing” for three to five days, and then they only have to wear a headband at night for the first month. Bruising and swelling resolve over the first two weeks, and patients are usually able to resume daily activities of life pretty quickly.

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If you would like to learn more about ear surgery (otoplasty), please contact our practice online or by phone today. Dr. Boynton can meet with you in an initial consultation to talk with you about your goals, and answer any questions you may have about the procedure.

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