Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

An otoplasty also called ear pinning; offers patients with prominent ears the ability to reshape and reposition this important facial feature. It can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear by surgically moving the ears closer to the head.

This procedure is typically performed in children and teenagers, however it could possibly also be done on adults. 

The otoplasty involves surgical incisions, and special techniques to fold prominent ears along with managing the prominence in the cup-shaped portion of the ear known as the concha.

What can an otoplasty correct?

Each case of ear surgery is highly individual, as is the delicate and highly individual anatomy of the ear.  analysis of the ear axis and the position on the head, ear size and angle of protrusion in order to formulate a surgical plan to correct the disproportionate or deformed ear.

How will the surgery be performed?

An incision is placed in the crease behind the ear. Sutures are used to correct the shape of the ear and change the position of the ear relative to the head. Sometimes a piece of cartilage is removed. Depending on the patient’s preference, the otoplasty can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or under general anesthesia.

Will there be scarring?

Any incision results in a scar but the incisions are placed so that they will be hidden and hopefully almost invisible.

What to Expect After the Surgery

Soft dressings applied to the ears will remain for a few days. for a week you cannot sleep on your ear because you cannot put any pressure on the ear areas. Headbands are sometimes recommended to hold the ears in the desired position for two weeks after the surgery.