Ear pinning surgery, or otoplasty, corrects protruding or large ears, and can have a beneficial effect on a person’s confidence and self-esteem at any age. While the procedure was once primarily performed on children, many adults who are unhappy with the size, shape, or appearance of their ears are using ear pinning surgery to bring a more natural shape to their ears and improve their facial symmetry. There is of course an element of risk with any surgical procedure, but ear pinning otoplasty is a relatively minimally-invasive procedure that only affects the outer ear, not the hearing of the patient. It is generally well-tolerated by patients of all ages.
Who is a Candidate for Ear Pinning Surgery
Children or adults whose ears are large, protruding, or uneven can benefit from this surgery. Since this surgery does not affect hearing, the only condition is that ears need to have reached full size, which typically occurs at four or five years of age. Adults who have had an unsuccessful or botched ear pinning procedure in the past have achieved wonderful results with a revision surgery. If you are unsure if ear pinning surgery is right for you or your child, browsing our gallery of before and after photos may make your decision easier.
Ear Surgery Procedure
Your ear pinning surgery can be performed at your plastic surgeon’s office, and will typically take one to three hours. The surgeon makes a small incision behind the ear, in the crease where the ear joins the head. To correct protruding ears, the surgeon then trims the cartilage, removing the necessary amount to allow the ear to lay closer to the head. In some cases, the surgeon will also shape the cartilage into a more pleasing form. Sutures may be used to ensure your ear heals in the desired position.
What to Expect After Ear Surgery
Once your ear pinning surgery is complete, your surgeon will apply soft thick dressings and possibly a headband, to hold your ears in the correct position as they heal. These will remain in place for a few days. You can expect some discomfort, as your ears will be swollen, bruised, and possibly numb. Once you heal, you should just have a thin scar that is virtually unnoticeable, as it will be hidden in the crease behind your ear. You should refrain from any activities that can cause your ear to be bent for at least a month, but can carefully return to a normal schedule after about five days. Children having this surgery can generally return to school in about seven days, as long as their recreation and playground time can be carefully monitored.
Most patients who undergo ear pinning surgeries are thrilled with the results, facing life with a new sense of confidence and self-assurance. If you are interested in an ear pinning otoplasty for yourself or your child, contact Dr. Berman for a private consultation by calling 461-417-0171 today.