Otoplasty, also called ear reshaping, ear reconstruction or ear pinning, is a solution for patients of all ages struggling with protruding or oversized ears. Larger, or “outstanding,” ears may cause children and adults to become self-conscious about their appearance. Our elite team of board-certified surgeons pin back or reshape the ears for an attractive look, always keeping a patient’s long-term hearing mind.
Who is a candidate for ear reshaping or otoplasty?
Healthy men, women and children who are seeking improvement to the appearance of their ears are excellent candidates for ear reshaping. Surgery may be performed on any patient over the age of 4. Ideal patients are in good overall health and have realistic expectations of what this surgery can accomplish.
We always place patient safety first and carefully screen patients to determine their candidacy. Your surgeon will recommend the best course of treatment to reduce the risk of complications while delivering the best aesthetic results.
What is the recovery like from ear reshaping?
Ear reshaping may be performed with moderate sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s preference and age. When performed on very young children, ear reconstruction may be carried out in a hospital setting. For those patients who need a small correction, treatment may be performed at one of our office locations under local anesthesia.
Our facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons are experienced in a wide array of state-of-the-art ear reshaping and reconstruction techniques. During ear pinning surgery, a small incision is made on the back of the ear to expose the cartilage. The cartilage is repositioned closer to the head in a more appealing position. Any excess cartilage is removed. Scarring is minimal, and the sutures are securely hidden underneath the skin.
For reconstructive ear surgery, one of several state-of-the-art techniques will be used, depending on the degree of correction and invasiveness needed. We have vast experience in reconstructing ear defects resulting from trauma, congenital hypoplasia (microtia), cancer or overly large ears. Our board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons have the expertise to reconstruct a cosmetically appealing ear while maintaining hearing function. Your surgeon will evaluate your case, answer any questions you may have and discuss the best course of action with you during your appointment.
Ear reshaping is performed on an outpatient basis. Most patients return home a few hours after surgery. After the procedure, the ears will be bandaged securely to facilitate healing and minimize swelling. Length of recovery time depends on the complexity of the procedure and varies from patient to patient. Mild discomfort, bruising and swelling lasts seven to 10 days. Most patients are able to return to work, school or other daily activities within about one week. Avoiding contact sports is recommended for about one month after surgery. Our experienced surgeons reduce bruising and recovery time with the application of state-of-art techniques and the use of homeopathic or herbal options. Detailed postoperative and aftercare instructions will be provided to each patient.