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OTOPLASTY & EAR LOBE REPAIR SURGERY SALT LAKE CITY Photos show how otoplasty (bat-ear surgery) may be performed to improve the appearance of the ears. BCK Patel MD, FRCS, Salt Lake City, Utah, St. George
Shows the different parts of the ear by Bhupendra C K Patel MD



Otoplasty or ear pinning surgery is generally performed to pin back and reduce the size of large and/or protruding ears that may cause an unaesthetic appearance.

Important: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.  Before/after photos are for reference purpose only and are subject to Copy Right laws. Individual results may vary.

How is the Otoplasty or ear lobe repair performed?

Local anaesthetic is injected with a very fine needle. Once the area is numb, the excess tissue is excised using radio wave surgery device. There is virtually no pain associated with this procedure once the area is fully numb. The incision is then maticulously repaired using fine stitching on the front and the back of the ears. Stitches are removed in 5 to 7 days.

How long will my ear lobe repair take?

Otoplasty takes between 1 to 2 hours.

Earlobe repair surgery takes about 30–60 minutes.

What are the risks associated with this surgery?

Infection is the biggest risk with ear surgery. We advise our patients to keep a close eye on the treated area during the healing phase, to keep it clean and notify us immediately if there are any signs of infection. Oral antibiotics are warranted if infection occurs. There are some other rare complication which are discussed with the patient at the time of consultation. This includes delayed healing, scar formation and under or over correction.

Who should not undergo ear lobe repair?

The following patients are advised to avoid any elective cosmetic surgery:

  • Patients prone to chronic infections.
  • Patients who are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Patients who have active cold sores.
  • Those who are taking systemic steroids.
  • Those taking anti-coagulant medication.
  • Patients with history of keloid scarring.
  • Patients undergoing a psychological stress.

(If there is any doubt, please discuss this with our doctor).


Come and see us for a consult and more information: (801) 585 6646 Photos show how otoplasty (bat-ear surgery) may be performed to improve the appearance of the ears. BCK Patel MD, FRCS, Salt Lake City, Utah, St. George Photos show how otoplasty (bat-ear surgery) may be performed to improve the appearance of the ears. BCK Patel MD, FRCS, Salt Lake City, Utah, St. George Photos show the improvement in bat-ears: done with otoplasty to improve the prominence of the top halves of the ears. BCK Patel MD, FRCS, Salt Lake City, Utah, St. George

Torn or stretched earlobe repair.

Stretched or torn Ear Lobe Repair is one of the most routinely performed surgical procedures: it repairs the tear or stretched earlobe.  

What is Earlobe Repair?

Wearing earrings will, in some cases, over time, result in stretching of the earlobes and stretching of the earlobe piercings. Accidental pull on earrings can also result in a rip in the earlobe. Finally, modern ear piercing fashions can lead to varying degrees of earlobe deformities and splits.

As the shape of the ear and earlobe should always be considered, not only in terms of sex and race, but also age, a repair is performed to try to return the earlobe to as normal an anatomical appearance as possible. This may involve the resection of scar tissue, freshening of margins, removal and reconstruction of the earlobe and other techniques.

 How do split earlobes or stretched piercings impact life

Although the human body has amazing abilities to return to a normal size after weight gain and weight loss, similar stretching of piercings may not always allow the tissues to return to their normal size and shape. In particular, excessively long piercings or large holes created for large ornamental earrings will result in abnormally shaped earlobes which can be difficult to hide. This can affect your appearance, social life, or even work.    

 How are earlobes repaired?

These repairs are generally performed using local anesthesia and may take about 20 minutes per earlobe. Varying techniques are used to repair earlobes, varying from resection of a part of the earlobe followed by repair to local resection of lining and layered closure. With larger dilated holes, an M-plasty or W-plasty repair is performed to give an irregular scar which looks best. Rotational flaps are sometimes used to give the earlobe its contour back again. The sutures used will be a combination of deep and superficial, dissolving and sutures that are removed a few weeks later. .   

How will my scars look?

After your sutures are removed, the scars tend to be a little thickened and somewhat pink: this settles over time. Over a few months, the healing will result in an almost invisible scar.  

When can I wear earrings?

Clip-on earrings may be worn within two to four weeks.

When can I re-pierce my earlobes?

A piercing away from the site of repair may be performed within three months of repair. However, any piercing close to the site of repair should be delayed for six months. Split earlobe repair by Dr. BCK Patel MD, FRCS, Salt Lake City, St. George
Repair of earlobe split Site of the "English Surgeon" website. Dr. BCK Patel MD, FRCS, Salt Lake City, St. George, Layton, Orem, Mid-Town, Utah; London, England

Originator of London Blepharoplasty, London Facelift, London Browlift, Patel Hammock Lift, SMURF Festoon Correction. Created by Patel Plastic Surgery - Dr. Bhupendra C. K. Patel MD, FRCS


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