PLASTIC AND COSMETIC SURGERY
Gaby Doumit M.D. MSc. FRCS(c) FRCS(c) FACS
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COSMETIC OTOPLASTY EAR SURGERY FOR CHILDREN

Otoplasty, cosmetic ear surgery, correct an abnormal shape, prominent or protruding ears. Dr. Doumit is particularly interested in the correction of prominent ears and performs two to five otoplasties or “ear pinning” per week. Dr. Doumit perform ear surgery techniques that create a natural shape, while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. Dr. Doumit has authored a plastic surgery textbook chapter on otoplasty (ear pinning).

Ear pinning can provide great psychological benefits. Many adults have ear pinning surgery as they may be self conscious about the fact their ears protrude. Correction of even minor deformities can improve appearance and boost self esteem. Otoplasty is especially beneficial for young children who are teased by their classmates about their ears.

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AM I CANDIDATE FOR COSMETIC EAR SURGERY (OTOPLASTY)?

Typically patients are five years of age or older.

Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical condition that impair healing. Patients cannot be on blood thinners.


before after before after

WHAT CAUSE PROTRUSION OF THE EARS?

The normal distance from the ear rim to the skin behind the ear is about 12mm at the top, 18 mm at the middle and 22 mm at the lower part of the ear. There are three anatomical features that cause the protrusion of the ear. Most commonly, there is lack of development of the anti-helical fold, a fold at the top of the ear. The other two reasons are a deep concha (cup) and a protruding lobule of the external ear.  All of these problems will add to the protrusion of the ear. 

AT WHAT AGE IS OTOPLASTY PERFORMED?

Ear Pinning is best performed when the child is at the preschool level – age 5 thru 7. This is the most common time for correction, and continues through the childhood years. The vast majority of children will tolerate otoplasty under local anesthesia without sedation after the age of 6. Adult otoplasty surgery is becoming more common. It is performed under local anesthesia unless patient desire otherwise.

HOW IS COSMETIC EAR SURGERY (OTOPLASTY) PERFORMED?

Dr. Doumit performs the vast majority of ear pinning surgery under local anesthesia. Dr. Doumit performs otoplasty with an incision hidden in the natural crease behind the ear. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes for each ear. During the surgery, Dr. Doumit creates the missing ear folds (antihelix) with permanent internal stitches in the cartilage of the ear.  He also might remove a small piece of cartilage to correct a deep concha (a deep cup of the ear). Finally, Dr. Doumit put the ears in the correct position relative to their distance from the head. He closes the incision with a resorbable suture.

WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?

Results from ear surgery are long lasting. The final result should be apparent within few weeks following surgery.

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN RECOVERY?

A bandage is placed over the ears for 3 to 7 days to help reduce swelling that occurs in the ear following surgery. Pain is very limited. There is no pain after the first day of surgery. Children can return to school in one week and adults return to work in 3 to 5 days. All of the stitches behind the ear dissolve. There are no sutures to be removed.

Bruising and swelling are gone by ten day after otoplasty. The patient can shower and wash their hair in 3 days after surgery. Dr. Doumit recommends that you wear a head band to sleep for 4 weeks after ear pinning. 


Before & After Photos

Before After
Left ear Before otoplasty
Left ear Before otoplasty
Left ear. 6 months after otoplasty
Left ear. 6 months after otoplasty
Rigth ear before otoplasty
Rigth ear before otoplasty
Right ear. 6 months after otoplasty
Right ear. 6 months after otoplasty
Left ear. Posterior view. Before otoplasty.
Left ear. Posterior view. Before otoplasty.
Left ear. Posterior view. 6 months after otoplasty.
Left ear. Posterior view. 6 months after otoplasty.
Right ear. Posterior view. Before surgery.
Right ear. Posterior view. Before surgery.
Right ear. Posterior view. 6 months after surgery.
Right ear. Posterior view. 6 months after surgery.

* Disclaimer: Those pictures represent real patients operated by Dr. Doumit. However, Patients results undergoing plastic surgery can vary from one to the other depending on multiple factors.

IS COSMETIC EAR SURGERY (OTOPLASTY) SAFE?

All surgical procedures carry some risk. Possible complications from cosmetic ear surgery include: Recurrence, bleeding, swelling, pain, asymmetry of ears (rare).

Dr. Gaby Doumit M.D. Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon

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