Lewis Plastic Surgery
2331-A Robious Station Circle
Midlothian, VA 23113
Children and adults whose ears protrude or stick out from the head often suffer from teasing and self-consciousness. Ear pinning or otoplasty is a surgical procedure that corrects protruding ears, essentially “pinning” the backs of the ears by suturing them permanently to the head, holding them in position.
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Besides securing the ears closer to the head so that they no longer protrude, otoplasty can reshape misshapen ears, reduce the size of large ears, and/or help the ears to better match one another in appearance.
Dr. Lewis has many years of experience performing successful ear pinning surgeries on patients of all ages. While it is never too late to have ear surgery, having the procedure at a young age can spare the child the embarrassment of protruding ears throughout childhood.
Issues improved by ear pinning surgery:
- Protruding ears
- Mismatched ears
- Misshapen ears
- Large ears
Dr. Lewis customizes every ear pinning surgery based on the patient’s anatomy, condition, and desires. He uses the latest methods to make the ears more attractive and symmetrical.
The length of time of surgery varies from patient to patient, but ear surgery generally takes 1-3 hours.
The incisions and permanent sutures used for ear pinning are hidden behind the ears. If reshaping of the ear lobes is required, the incisions can usually be hidden within the ear folds.
Will anesthesia and pain relief be used during / after ear pinning?
We will make sure the patient is comfortable throughout the whole procedure using general anesthesia or a local anesthetic and IV sedation for what is called “twilight sleep.” This is lighter anesthesia than a full general anesthetic, but the patient will be very relaxed and will not feel any pain. For children, Dr. Lewis frequently uses general anesthesia.
What happens immediately after ear pinning?
When the patient awakens, the ears will be bandaged. When Dr. Lewis has given the OK, the patient may go home, as long as someone else does the driving.
It is important that any activities involving the ears are avoided for a period of time during the healing process. This includes the wearing of ear phones, the use of telephones right against the ears, and sleeping on the side.
How long will complete recovery from ear pinning take?
Most people require 1-2 weeks to recover from ear pinning surgery. Some post-operative swelling and bruising is to be expected, but Dr. Lewis will provide pain medication instructions in order to make the patient’s recovery as comfortable as possible.
Some residual swelling and bruising may remain for a third week following the surgery, after which the patient will be able to see the final results of the Ear Pinning.
Please refrain from strenuous exercise for at least three weeks after the procedure, as it can worsen the swelling and bruising. Keeping the head elevated while sleeping and resting will help to reduce swelling.
It may take some time before all of the inflammation has resolved so that the final results of ear surgery are visible.
Am I a good candidate for ear pinning?
The ears usually reach adult size by about the age of five, but Dr. Lewis must examine the patient to determine if eye surgery is advised. Healthy adults are generally good candidates for ear pinning.
You should refrain from smoking for at least 4 weeks before surgery and 2 weeks after the procedure. Most medical issues can be managed in order to make surgery safe, but diabetes and high blood pressure, in particular, must be under control before the procedure.
What are the risks of ear pinning?
With any surgical procedure, there are risks that you must be aware of. To minimize the risks, ensure that your surgery is conducted in a safe and secure environment using the latest surgical techniques by checking the certifications and accreditation of your surgeon. Accreditation boards and bodies are there to protect you.
Dr. Gordon Lewis has many years of surgical experience and is affiliated with several internationally recognized professional organizations. He is:
- Board certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Affiliated with the Richmond Academy of Medicine and the Medical Society of Virginia
- An Associate member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons
- A candidate member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand
In general, ear pinning is very safe and well-tolerated. It is rare that serious complications occur. We will speak with you at length about these risks and answer all of your questions.
Risks include, but are not limited to:
- Scars Need for subsequent surgery
During your comprehensive one-on-one consultation, we will cover several areas of discussion:
- Your medical history and current medications
- Your goals from ear pinning
- Your concerns about ear pinning
- Options for surgically correcting the issues you want to change
- Risks associated with each option
- A surgical price quote that includes any additional costs such as the OR fee and anesthesia. This will also include financing options, if you wish.
Expect to spend close to an hour in our office for your consultation.
Surgical procedures are performed at an accredited outpatient surgical center or a local hospital. Dr. Gordon Lewis is affiliated with several local medical centers where his patients undergo surgery. He primarily operates at these locations:
Stony Point Surgery Center
Parham Surgery Center
He also has privileges at St. Mary’s Hospital and Henrico Doctors Hospital, but he operates there less frequently.
Initial consultations, follow-up appointments, and all non-surgical treatments and minor surgical procedures are performed at Lewis Plastic Surgery practice, which is located on the grounds of Johnson-Willis Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.
During your initial consultation, we will be able to give you a breakdown of all costs related to your Ear Pinning procedure. This will include:
- Dr. Lewis’s fee
- Operating room fee
- Anesthesia fee
- Cost of any additional overnight stays
We make absolutely sure that there are no hidden costs and no surprises.
Every patient is required to attend an initial consultation before a procedure can be booked. Once you decide to proceed with surgery, we will assist you in finalizing a date and getting everything ready for surgery. We try to be as flexible as possible and will make arrangements to see you at Lewis Plastic Surgery on the grounds of Johnston-Willis Hospital within a few days after you contact us.