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Otoplasty - Ear Pinning - Ear Surgery
Internationally acclaimed, Dr. Russell Kridel uses specific surgical techniques to reshape the ear cartilages into a natural shape. As a facial plastic surgeon in Houston, TX specializing in the head and neck area, Dr. Kridel has a keen anatomical eye and deft surgical touch for Otoplasty surgery. He has performed hundreds of successful Otoplasty surgeries on both adults and children.
If your ears are not becoming to you or your child, an Otoplasty can provide very gratifying, permanent results quickly and effectively.
Questions & Answers
What happens during ear surgery?
An Otoplasty procedure takes about 1.5 to 2 hours. Adults usually have local anesthesia and go home the same day. The procedure can be performed at a nearby out-patient surgical center or at the fully accredited FPSA surgical facility.
Dr. Kridel prefers to use general anesthesia on children, which means they will stay in the hospital for 24 hours after surgery.
During Ear Pinning Dr. Kridel makes an incision behind the ear and trims away excess skin and cartilage. He puts stitches in the cartilage to create folds that weren't there before and makes small adjustments to give the ear a natural appearance. Don't be concerned about scarring, because Otoplasty incisions are located behind each ear and well hidden by natural folds they are virtually undetectable.
Can children have ear surgery?
Otoplasty can be done anytime after the age of four, when ear cartilage is relatively firm and nearly grown to adult-size. Young children do well with the procedure, so it's wise to have this done early to protect your child from teasing that can damage their self-image.
Prominent ears can be hereditary. About 25% of children by parents with prominent ears will also have prominent ears.
What should I expect after ear surgery?
Otoplasty patients experience very little pain, although your ears may feel a bit tender for several weeks. You can expect some discoloration and swelling, and at first, the ears look flat against the side of the head.
Following surgery, you'll wear a special protective dressing over your ears. Adults will wear the dressing for two days and children for five days. After removal of the special dressing, you'll wear a headband over your ears when you sleep for the next two weeks. The headband helps to protect the ears from abrupt changes in position during the critical early healing period.
You can wash your hair five days after the procedure, but you'll need to avoid anything strenuous for three weeks.
How quickly can I return to work or to school?
Adults often resume normal activities just a couple of days after the surgery. And, children usually return to school a week after surgery.