Otoplasty, or ear pinning, is a surgical procedure to correct protruding ears and create a more attractive facial contour.
- Downtime: 5 Days
- Pain Level: Mild to Moderate
- Results Duration: Permanent
Overly large or protruding ears
Some swelling, soreness, and itchiness after treatment
Used to correct the ears
A follow-up is usually scheduled to monitor the recovery process
Incisions are made behind the ear to correct positioning
Local or general anesthesia is used for this procedure
Ears are positioned closer to the head to improve the facial contour
Results visible once headband is removed
Protruding ears can be a source of embarrassment, as well as teasing and bullying, for children and adults alike. Otoplasty, or ear pinback, is done to correct protruding ears. It is a relatively quick procedure that is performed in your surgeon’s office on an outpatient basis. The recovery time is usually comfortable and takes one to two weeks. Otoplasty is one of the few plastic surgery procedures performed on young children. Parents are often advised to seek this treatment before a child starts school, in order to avoid bullying and teasing in the classroom.
What are the benefits of otoplasty?
No matter what age a person undergoes otoplasty, this procedure offers numerous benefits:
- More aesthetically pleasing ear positioning
- Enhanced facial contour
- Creation of symmetry between the ears
- Greater self-confidence in one’s appearance
- Reduction in teasing or bullying
- Permanent improvement in a single procedure
How is otoplasty performed?
Your surgeon may perform otoplasty using local or general anesthesia. While many adults may be fine undergoing the procedure using local anesthesia, children are often more comfortable if they are asleep during the process. Your surgeon will place an incision in the natural creases behind the ear, weakening the cartilage behind the ear so that it conforms into a new shape. The cartilage is also secured to hold the ear into position. The entire procedure usually takes about one hour to complete.
What is recovery like?
Recovery usually takes 1-2 weeks. During that time, you will wear a headband that covers the ears completely and helps them maintain their new position. At first, you will wear the headband all the time, except when showering. After the initial recovery time, you will continue to wear the headband at night only for up to one month.
What can I expect from my results?
Results occur immediately, although you won’t be able to see them until the headband comes off. You should be able to enjoy your new ear position for a lifetime.
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