Even if your hearing is perfect, allowing you to hear a pin drop across the room, you may not like the appearance of your ears. Whether it’s the shape of your ears or the angle at which they stick out, Mitchell Blum, MD, FACS, at Blum Facial Surgery, can perform an otoplasty to reconstruct them. At his practice in Tracy, California, Dr. Blum uses state-of-the-art techniques for men and women who need ear pinning or ear reconstructive surgery.
In advance of your procedure, Dr. Blum will sit down with you to discuss your desired results. For instance, if you’re pleased with the shape of your ears, but think they stick out too far, you might only need to have them pinned.
During an ear pinning surgery, Dr. Blum makes a very small incision in the back of your ear. This exposes your ear’s cartilage, allowing him to move that cartilage closer to your head while removing any excessive cartilage. He’ll reposition your ears so that they’re in the ideal position for your face.
If your ears need to be reshaped, Dr. Blum uses techniques tailored to your needs. He and his team work together to create your desired look, without the procedure affecting your hearing.
The type of anesthesia you’ll need depends on factors such as the complexity of the procedure. A minor ear pinning may only require local anesthesia. Dr. Blum performs some smaller procedures right in his office.
For more in-depth ear reconstruction procedures though, Dr. Blum will likely provide moderate sedation or general anesthesia. He’ll go over the type of sedation in advance, along with any needed preparation, such as whether you can eat shortly beforehand.
It’s normal to have a slight scar anytime a surgeon has to make an incision in your skin. Dr. Blum works hard to make the smallest possible incisions on the backside of your ear, so your scarring is barely noticeable. He even hides your sutures underneath your skin, making them virtually invisible.
No. Almost all procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. You may need a day of rest to recover from anesthesia, but otherwise you should be able to go right back to your normal activities when you feel ready. You’ll likely have some swelling, minor pain, or bruising after your surgery. This usually only lasts for about 7 to 10 days.