Plastic Surgery Indianapolis
David Sterling Slatton, MD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon

Cosmetic Ear Surgery Indianapolis, Indiana

Ear Pinning also known as Otoplasty Indianapolis, IN - Earlobe Repair, Keloid Removal

Ear PinningEar Pinning Surgery: Prominent ears may be treated by surgical means. An incision is made behind the ear and the cartilage of the ear is scored and permanent stitches are placed in the cartilage which acts to decrease the projection of the ears. The procedure may be done under local anesthesia with IV sedation or under general anesthesia. No overnight hospital stay is required. A head dressing is worn for one week after surgery and then a head band may be worn for up to 6 weeks after surgery.  Children with prominent ears may undergo otoplasty surgery once the ear has grown to its maximum size which occurs by age 8.  Adults may also elect to have Otoplasty for prominent ears.  The surgery has a minimum amount of discomfort. 

Earlobe Repair:  Earlobe may become torn or split by large earrings and require surgical repair.  Multiple piercings can lead to a condition where the earlobe is split into many segments.  Earrings can also lead to large holes that damage and stretch the earlobe.  Earlobe repair is done under local anesthesia in an office setting.  The sutures are removed after a week.  Repiercing, if desired, can be performed 3 months after the earlobe(s) have been repaired. 

Earlobe Keloid Removal:  Earlobe keloids can be treated with a combination of steroid injections, surgical removal of the keloid, and compression earrings.  Depending on the size of the keloid, treatment may commence with steroid (Kenalog) injections.  The earlobe or ear keloid can be excised surgically and steroid injections are usually performed along with the keloid excision.  Compression earrings should be worn for a period of 6 months to help prevent recurrence.  If Ear keloids recurr after excision and steroid injections, Radiation therapy may be required after re excision of the keloid scar.