Otoplasty (Ear Pinning Surgery)

Otoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct protruding ears, so-called ear pinning surgery. This is usually done before a child starts school, around age five, but can be done in adults.  Children with prominent ears can be extremely self-conscious and ridiculed by peers. Otoplasty can result in improved self-image and self-esteem.

WHO IS A CANDIDATE?

  • You have ears which protrude from the face.
  • Usually is done on children before school age to minimize ridicule and teasing, but can be done in adults, too.
  • Parents should be aware of their child's feelings about protruding ears, but not insist on surgery until the child wants the change.
  • Children who want the surgery generally are more cooperative with the process and happier with the outcome.

PROCEDURE DESCRIPTION

  • It is done as an outpatient under general anesthesia.
  • All incisions are placed behind the ear.
  • There are various techniques, but I use a combination of procedures. A segment of skin is taken out, the cartilage is weakened with a file to allow it to bend, and permanent sutures are placed in the cartilage to hold its new shape.

RECUPERATION AND HEALING

  • A head wrap dressing will be worn five to seven days to protect the newly shaped ears.
  • A sweatband will be worn after that for one to two weeks.
  • Pain is minimal after surgery.
  • Contact sports should be avoided for four weeks.

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