Otoplasty (Ear Pinning)
Otoplasty also is known as Cosmetic Ear Surgery or Ear Pinning. It is a popular procedure to improve and reshape the ear. So, if you are bothered by how far your ears poke out from the side of your head, no worries! If your ears are not a pleasing shape as well, Otoplasty can usually correct these for you. The surgery can be done at any age, but it is usual to wait until a child is over 5 years old.
In detail, surgical techniques are used to create or increase the fold (just inside the rim of the ear). Incisions for Otoplasty are generally made on the back surface of the ear. If it is necessary to make an incision in front of the ear, it can be hidden within the ear folds as well.
How you prepare
A consultation for otoplasty
Initially, you’ll talk to a plastic surgeon about otoplasty. During your first visit, your plastic surgeon will likely:
- Review your medical history. Be prepared to answer questions about current and past medical conditions, especially any ear infections. Talk about any medications you’re taking or you’ve taken recently, as well as any surgeries you’ve had.
- Do a physical exam. To determine your treatment options, the doctor will examine your ears — including their placement, size, shape and symmetry. The doctor might also take pictures of your ears for your medical record.
- Discuss your expectations. Explain why you want otoplasty and what you’re hoping for in terms of appearance after the procedure. Make sure you understand the risks, such as possible overcorrection.
Food and medications
You’ll likely need to avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements, which can increase bleeding.
Smoking decreases blood flow in the skin and can slow the healing process. If you smoke, your doctor will recommend that you stop smoking before surgery and during recovery.
Also, be sure to make plans for someone to drive you home after surgery and stay with you for the first night of your recovery.
After your bandages are removed, you’ll notice an immediate change in the appearance of your ears. These changes are permanent.
If you’re a good candidate for otoplasty, your doctor may recommend that you take some steps to prepare beforehand.
Contact us to see if you are a good candidate for this procedure or for more information,