Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that is also known as ear pinning. In this surgery, the ears are surgically altered to make them smaller, flatter, or more proportionate depending on the patients individual needs and concerns. Most people who have otoplasty have protruding ears that simply need to be moved closer to the head.
There are several different otoplasty techniques, so the right technique will be chosen by the surgeon. If the patient has extra skin and cartilage on the backs of their ears, this can be excised before the ears are pinned back. In some cases, the ears are too large overall, so the surgeon can re-sculpt the ears before pinning them back. The plastic surgeon will permanently suture the ears into the correct place while the patient is under anesthesia.
Otoplasty can be a good option for people of any age who are unhappy with the way that their ears look. This surgery is most often done in children, but people of any age can have the surgery. By the time a child is 4 years old the ears are almost at their full adult shape and size, so the surgery can be considered for any patient above that age.
Yes, otoplasty results are permanent. The ears will not "grow back."
There are only tiny scars because the incisions used in otoplasty are so small. The incisions are made in the back of the ears, which means that any tiny scars won't be easily visible.
The recovery process after otoplasty is a fairly simple one. Patients will need to have a compression garment around their ears for the first day, and will then transition into a special protective headband for at least a few more days. Swelling will go down within a few days in most cases. The majority of patients are able to get back to their usual routine within 7 days or less.
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