• Otoplasty (Ear Pinning) Explained

  • Also called ear pinning.

    What is Otoplasty?

    Otoplasty is a procedure to reposition protruding ears. It is one of the few cosmetic performed on   children as young as five but is also commonly performed on adults. It create a more balanced facial appearance with permanent results.

    Why Otoplasty?

    Otoplasty is cosmetic surgery to give ears a more appealing appearance. Some patients get this procedure to make overly large ears smaller, to correct substantial asymmetry or to repair damage from injury. However, it is most commonly done to make ears that stick out lie back against the head instead of protruding.

    Who Is a Candidate for Otoplasty?

    A child may feel self-conscious about his or her appearance because of ears that stick out. Or, the parents may wish to spare the child from teasing at school. Pediatric patients must be at least 5 years old to undergo this procedure. At this age, the ear has basically taken on its final shape and the cartilage is stable enough to support the new shape and position during healing. The child should be in good health and not have recurring untreated ear infections. They should also be:

    • Aware of what is proposed including what recovery may be like
    • Able to express their feelings and preferences about their appearance and the surgery itself
    • Not upset by the idea of having ear surgery
    • Compliant and able to follow instructions

    Adults and teens who dislike like their protruding ears, are non-smokers in good health and with a realistic perspective regarding the potential outcome of otoplasty are also good candidates.

    How is Otoplasty performed?

    This procedure may be done with only local anesthetic or with any level of anesthesia the patient desires. The incision to correct protruding ears is made along the back crease of the ear and is essentially invisible after the surgery. The cartilage is carefully sculpted and the ear(s) are positioned closer to the side of the head.. The external sutures in the skin are removed once healing is well underway.

    How do I recover and following Otoplasty?

    A padded dressing is used to keep the ears in position during the first few days. After this, a soft headband is worn at night for a few weeks to keep the ear(s) from bending during sleep. Ears may be sore, itchy, swollen or bruised after the procedure, but it’s important not to rub them. The results of otoplasty are evident as soon as the bandages are removed.

    What are the risks associated with Otoplasty?

    When done by a skilled, experienced surgeon such as Dr Perry, complications are extremely rare. Infection, and excessive scarring are possible but virtually never seen.

    Take the first step:

    If you are considering otoplasty, schedule a consultation with Dr Perry. At your consultation Dr. Perry will carefully listen to your concerns and goals, perform the appropriate examination, answer any questions and explain your options often using computer imaging.