Otoplasty is commonly called ear pinning. In this surgical procedure, the plastic surgeon will correct issues like oversized ears or protruding ears.
The plastic surgeon will choose an ear pinning technique based on the specific patient. Excess skin and cartilage at the back of the ear may be removed, and the plastic surgeon will then place permanent sutures that will pin the ears back so they are no longer protruding.
Although not all otoplasty surgeries include a reduction of the ear size, the plastic surgeon can correct oversized ears by removing small amounts of cartilage from the outer part of the ear. Since the area will be anesthetized, the patient will not feel pain during this procedure.
Nearly anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of their ears may be a good candidate for otoplasty. Adults, adolescents, and children can all have otoplasty surgery if desired. Even children as young as age 4 can be good candidates for an otoplasty since ears are already nearly at adult size and shape by that time.
Otoplasty results are permanent. Since the ears reach their full size when a child is still very young, there is no worry about ears "growing back" once they have been corrected via otoplasty.
Otoplasty requires only very small incisions. The incisions are hidden at the back of the ears, so the small amount of scarring that is left behind is well concealed by the ears.
After an otoplasty, patients will typically need to wear a compression garment on the head for the first day, and will then need to wear a headband covering the ears for at least several more days. The swelling will start to dramatically reduce in the first few days after surgery. Most people will be able to go back to work or school after a week, sometimes less.
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