Ear Surgery

OTOPLASTY / EAR SURGERY

Otoplasty, also known as Ear Pinning, Ear Pinback, or Ear Reduction Surgery, is the cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that permanently corrects protruding ears.

Otoplasty ranks as the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedure on children between ages five and fourteen. In fact, Ear Pinning is one cosmetic surgery where “earlier is better” because of the devastating blows to a child’s self-esteem, who is teased for having protruding ears; being called names such as “Dumbo,” “Mickey Mouse” and “Rabbit Ears.” The optimal time for performing otoplasty in children is just before they start school, or at about the age of seven. At this age the ears have grown to nearly their adult size and the child is old enough to be able to undergo surgery safely. It also gives children a chance to correct their facial deformity before starting to socialize with peers in school.

Otoplasty has also been a blessing for thousands of adults who have spent their lives feeling self- conscious about their “big ears”. They have hidden their ears with hairstyles, hats, and avoided wearing ear jewelry.

With Otoplasty they have gained the freedom to wear their hair short or pulled back, wear earrings, and no longer feel embarrassed about their look. While Otoplasty aims to normalize the appearance of the ears it can never produce perfect and fully symmetrical ears.

Procedure
The procedure consists of an incision on the backside of the ear, with the removal of a small segment of skin.

The cartilage is exposed, and it is thinned or cut so that the ear will be placed in a normal position and have a normal configuration.

Stitches are used to hold the cartilage in place and to close the skin incision.