Otoplasty Chicago: Ear Pinning
Otoplasty is a reconstruction of the outer ear. The surgery can retract the outer ear or create certain natural creases in the outer ear.
Ear pinning helps retract the ears so they do not protrude forward.
Before the surgery, for one week, the patient needs to avoid all blood thinners like alcohol, vitamin E, fish oil etc.
On the day of surgery, the plastic surgeon will disciss where the incision will be and describe the healing process to expect. Local aesthetic is injected in and around the outer ear. An incision is placed behind the ear. Sutures are placed strategically into the cartilage of the outer ear in order to sculpt the ear. The procedure is done under local anesthesia and takes 1 hour to do. After the procedure, the ears are bandaged with a compression garment. The patient will be prescribed an antibiotic and pain killers. The patient will return to the clinic in two days. In the coming days, the swelling subsides.