Ears Pinning (Otoplasty)

Ears Pinned back

What is prominent ear correction?

Prominent Ear Correction or “Otoplasty” is a procedure used to reduce large or protruding ears by setting the ears back closer to the head as well as moulding, shaping and/or removing cartilage. The Otoplasty procedure can dramatically alter a person's appearance by making protruding ears less prominent.

Prominent ears are often caused by an undeveloped middle fold of the ear, the 'anti-helix', coupled with over development of the bowl or 'conchal bowl'. There may be other deformities as well, making it necessary to perform several procedures on the ear at the same time. Otoplasty can reshape the ears, reduce their size, make them more symmetrical, and/or position them closer to the head.

Otoplasty can be performed at any age after the ears have reached (or nearly reached) their full size, which is around 5 to 6 years of age. This surgery is most often performed on children between the ages of 5 and 14. However, an increasing amount of adults are now choosing to elect for the procedure. Otoplasty can also be successfully combined with other procedures such as face lifts and rhinoplasty.

The Surgical Procedure

Otoplasty generally involves reforming the cartilages that shape the ears, to pull them in, and reduce the protrusion. Sutures are placed in the cartilage on the back side of the ear to maintain the new position. Incisions and the resulting scars are well concealed on the back of the ear, so that there is no visible scarring. Surgery begins with an incision just behind the ear, in the natural fold where the ear is joined to the head. Dr. Mooney will then remove the necessary amounts of cartilage and skin required to achieve the right effect. In certain cases, Dr Mooney will trim the cartilage and shape it into a more desirable form and then pin the cartilage back with permanent sutures to secure the cartilage. In other instances, Dr. Mooney will not remove any cartilage at all, using stitches to hold the cartilage permanently in place. The incision scars are hidden discreetly behind the ears

What to expect after surgery

Recovery is very straightforward. Generally patients will require two weeks of rest, and wear the surgical dressing day and night for the first week. We then suggest wearing a head-band or dressing at night for the first 4-6 weeks. This is necessary as the ears have a propensity to re-protrude, even following the most meticulous surgery. This post op care, along with pain relief, and topical and oral antibiotics affords the best results to our patients.

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