Otoplasty, commonly referred to as ear reshaping or ear pinning, is a cosmetic procedure which can reduce the size of ears or realign them closer to the head so that they look more pleasing.
Protruding ears can make children a target for teasing, jokes and derogatory remarks at school. Otoplasty can help children avoid such situations. The procedure can be performed as early as age four or five, and is very safe and quick.
In children, the procedure is performed under general anesthesia. A well-concealed incision is placed behind the ear, and the cartilage is reshaped or removed to give the ear a more natural shape. Dissolvable stitches are used to close the incision, and the ears are covered by a dressing for about five days.
In adults, the procedure is performed under local anesthesia with sedation on the outpatient basis. Through the procedure is identical to the one performed on children, the surgical technique may differ with each patient’;s condition or demand.
The procedure is relatively pain free; however, some patients experience mild discomfort with ear aches, which can be easily treated with prescribed medicines. However, the patient may have to use headbands to protect the ears during sleep.