In cases of protruding or over-developed ears, the procedure of otoplasty may be an option. Otoplasty is commonly referred to as “pinning back” of the ears. It is available for children once their ears have stopped developing around the age of six. Over-developed ears can be the cause of psychological stress and trauma and should be treated at a young age before it becomes a serious issue. Dr. Hargan is trained in surgical procedures, in order to eliminate the majority of the problems related to protruding ears.
To better understand your overall health, we will evaluate your medical history prior to surgery. In addition, a complete examination of your ears is made in order to take the most effective surgical approach. All issues such as shape and types of anesthesia used will be discussed.
Dr. Hargan will provide you with pre-operative instructions that may include the elimination of specific drugs containing aspirin several weeks before surgery to minimize excess bleeding. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to prevent infection.
The areas that will be excised are marked and digital photographs are taken in order to document the amount of improvement after surgery.
The procedure can be performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia and the doctor will discuss this option with you. Dr. Hargan has the option of either folding the cartilage located on the back of the ear or removing excess cartilage. Sutures are placed and bandages applied to speed the healing process. The procedure typically takes only 1-2 hours.
After the operation patients should expect bruising around the area that fades in 2 to 3 weeks. Pain associated with operation is minimal and can be easily treated with oral medication. The bandages are needed for a few days and should be replaced by Dr. Hargan during several follow up visits. Refraining from sleeping on the ears is required and patients are advised to use a very soft pillow as well as protective dressings that are available. Showering and shampooing may begin after a few days. Expect two to three days of recovery before normal activities can be performed. Consult with Dr. Hargan before attempting any athletic or precarious activities that may affect the healing process.