I Am a Amateur Boxer, I Recently Had an Ear Pinning Otoplasty. It's Been 6 Months, Can I Box Again?

Will I ever be able to box again? !

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otoplasty and and boxing

 The otoplasty procedure involves cuts in the cartilage and  permanent suturing to hold the ears in place. Boxing can disrupt the sutures and previous surgery and is ill advised since it will leave deformities. Boxing can also cause cauliflower ear if left untreated.   It is best to find another sport.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Otoplasty and Boxing

    Boxing is never a recommended activity by doctors and the ears can be traumatized with hematoma or possible disruption of prominent ear correction.  Kenneth Hughes, MD ear pinning otoplasty Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Boxing After Otoplasty

While being six months after otoplasty is plenty of time to have good healing, you must realize that boxing will pose lifelong risks to your ears whether you have had otoplasty or not. (even though you are unlikely to box the rest of your life) The risk is one of hematoma which can create scarring and cartilage deformity. The ear that has undergone otoplasty may be more prone to this concern in the first year after surgery.

Barry L. Eppley, MD, DMD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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What about contact sports after otoplasty surgery?

When surgery has been performed to help reposition ears that protrude to far (otoplasty), there needs to be adequate healing time before one subjects those ears to additional trauma such as contact sports. Healing proceeds in everyone for many months, and typically by 4-5 months collagen (scar tissue) is reasonably strong. But some sports are more risky than others and it would be wise to avoid injuring any facial feature (nose, mouth, eyes, ears, etc) if possible. Volleyball would usually be less risky than soccer which is less risky than boxing.  Blows to the ear which are commonly seen in boxing, wrestling and MMA, can permanently injure cartilage of the ear, resulting in a buildup of too much scar, known as "cauliflower ear".  So weigh the risks versus benefits of activities that are very physical. If the rewards of the contact sports exceed the pain of physical injury, then that person will continue with the sport. If one decides that preservation of one's face is more important, then an alternate sport will be found. 

Donn R. Chatham, MD
Louisville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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