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Otoplasty (Ear Pinning Surgery)

Otoplasty (Ear Pinning Surgery)

An Otoplasty, also known as a pinnaplasty. Plastic surgeons help those unhappy with their ears’ appearance, or who have been in an accident or Birth defect, restore proper proportion, size and shape to their ears. Some patients want again a second or third otoplasty to change updates and corrections to prior ear pinning surgeries. Even correcting minor deformities can have dramatic impacts on self-esteem and appearance. Many otoplasty patients are children. Generally speaking, children should be a minimum of five years recent and have stable enough ear gristle to permit for correction.They additionally should be able to follow directions well and not appear uncomfortable with the thought of surgery.


An otoplasty is typically carried out under local or general anaesthetic and takes one to two hours to perform. Your operating surgeon will make incisions behind your ear so that scars don’t seem to be visible.

They might re-shape, fold or remove your ear cartilage and use stitches to hold your ear in its new position. When surgery is complete, the incisions behind your ear are closed with sutures. You need to leave it for about 7-10 days after the procedure. Some pain is to be expected however is well manageable through medications. Whatever you do, do NOT remove the bandages because of any potential itching.

Frequently Asked Questions

You should be completely open about your concerns and why you think an otoplasty will help you accomplish your goals.

Our surgeons can judge your general health and want to understand concerning any existing medical conditions, still as concerning your medications, drug and alcohol usage. The surgeon will fully evaluate your health, take pictures for your medical records, discuss options for treating your particular situation and discuss what’s likely to happen along with any complications, although rare, that could arise.

If you are taking any medication or herbal supplements, you’d need to adjust your dosages since Aspirin and other drugs increase the risk of bleeding. Stop smoking well before your procedure and be sure someone is out there to drive you home.

The benefits of ear correction are that it will help you feel more comfortable with the looks of your ears and you don’t suffer embarrassment or unwanted attention caused by protruding or irregular shaped ears. Otoplasty aims to make more natural, proportionate and symmetrical looking ears that are closer to your head.

Complications are infrequent and usually minor. However, no surgery is without risk.

Blood may collect beneath the skin of the ear. This may need to be drained.

Infection within the ears can occur although it is rare. Scars may become thick and red which may need further treatment. Unpredictable results are possible (uncommon). Cartilage is a living tissue and it might alter its shape over time. Very rarely, a second operation may be required to refine your results. It is sometimes possible that the ear can return to its pre-surgery position. This, however, is rare.

When the dressings come off, ears may look red or bruised for a while. However, the new form ought to be fairly clear to see.

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