Otoplasty surgery is commonly known as ear pinning or ear reshaping.
This fast, low-pain surgical procedure is designed to fix protruding ears that stick out too far from the head, along with sculpting the ears so they assume a more normal shape. Whether you are a patient seeking otoplasty for yourself or a parent looking for a Nashville ear pinning surgeon for your child, Dr. Bryant is pleased to help. As one of the area’s leading board-certified face and neck plastic surgeons, he has helped people of all ages to improve their ears without making it obvious any work was done.
Getting big ears pinned back may be a simple procedure, but it takes a skilled surgeon to reshape the ears so they appear symmetrical, taking the patient’s entire face into consideration.
In addition to providing cosmetic surgery to adults, Dr. Bryant regularly treats children with plastic surgery needs as a result of trauma, congenital birth deformities, and other issues. This makes performing relatively straightforward procedures such as ear pinning second nature. He understands the importance of having ears that are in perfect harmony with the patient’s face. It is a simple change that can make a world of difference to the confidence of men, women, and children alike.
While otoplasty can technically be performed at any age, it is best to have the procedure done in youth while the ears are still moldable. Young ears have less tough cartilage. This makes surgical ear reshaping easier.
Newborn children who are born with an irregular ear shape may be candidates for a completely painless, simple office ear molding treatment. It is important to start this process as early as possible to ensure a good result. Ear molding uses a gentle technique that helps the new ear re-shape into a more typical appearance during the first few weeks after birth when growth is rapid. Once the new shape has been set, it will remain for a lifetime.
Many parents choose to have the surgery done while the child is approaching school age if there is a concern for social self-confidence challenges. This may spare your child years of teasing from classmates.
It’s often done early so that it makes it less noticeable that the child had the ears pinned back. Other children may notice something is different, but they are unlikely to remember it by the time those difficult teen years roll around. Adults have firmer ear cartilage. However, it is never too late to improve ears that protrude or large ears that are hindering your confidence.
Ear shaping and ear pinning for adults can be just the boost in confidence you need in later life. Then, there is a stretched earlobe repair. Earlobe surgery can be performed at any time for patients that have stretched earlobes due to accident, injury, body modifications, or years of wearing big earrings. Surgery for stretched earlobes involves stitching the lobe back together so it appears more normal in appearance, keeping aesthetics in mind.
Adult patients and parents of children can breathe a sigh of relief to know that otoplasty pain is minimal. The outer structures of the ears have fewer nerve endings. It’s the nerve endings that send pain signals to the brain. Depending on the extent of correction, light sedation, topical anesthesia, or general anesthesia may be used to make the procedure a comfortable one. Simple procedures such as earlobe repair (stitches only) are an in-office procedure. Ear pinning and reshaping that involves cartilage and skin removal may require general anesthesia. Patient preference plays a role in this.
Before your procedure, the patient meets with Dr. Bryant and his surgical care coordinator. The consultation reviews the cosmetic ear concerns that you wish to address. Dr. Bryant is a careful listener and always keeps your preferences in mind when developing a customized treatment plan. For procedures that require surgery, the patient is provided with all preoperative and postoperative instructions.
Otoplasty recovery is often fast and uneventful. Prescription pain medication is rarely necessary. Bandages may be applied to the ear to keep any incisions protected from bacteria and abrasion. The results of surgery are immediately visible. Both adults and children are astounded that they can make big ears smaller in a 1-hour surgery! Patients can go home the same day as their surgery.
The initial consultation takes place at Dr. Bryant’s main office in Mt Juliet. A second location is under construction in Brentwood, TN at this time. The surgery takes place at one of six surgical centers conveniently located in the greater metro area, including Nashville, Gallatin, Lebanon, Mt Juliet, and Hermitage, Tennessee.
Experience the transformative difference that working with Dr. Bryant can have on your life. Schedule a consultation with us in Nashville today.