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What is an otoplasty?
Who is a good candidate?
- Suitable candidates for surgery are individuals that:
- Are self-conscious of oversized, asymmetrical or protruding ears.
- Have otherwise misshaped ears or deformities in the ears.
- Are in good general health.
- Understand the procedure and what to expect.
- Have reasonable expectations of the outcome.
- You should be at or close to your ideal weight, with a BMI less than 35.
- The best candidates are non-smokers. Smoking increases the chance of complications including impairment in wound healing.
- Otoplasty is generally performed on an outpatient basis at our office under local anesthesia (especially in adults).
- Otoplasty in children may need to be performed in a surgery center or a hospital.
- The surgical incisions will be made inside or behind the ear where it connects to the head.
- From there, the procedural steps vary, depending on the specific problem being addressed, and the plan of correction.
- If the ears stick out from the head, excess cartilage or tissue can be removed, and the ears can be “pinned” closer to the head.
- If the ear is missing its normal folds, the ear cartilage can be re-shaped and stitched into place to create normal contours.
- If the ears are too large in relation to the rest of the head, excess cartilage and skin can be removed.
- Once the necessary surgical modifications have been made, the incisions are closed with sutures, and fluffy bandages are placed around the ears.
The surgical incisions will be made inside or behind the ear where it connects to the head.
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Otoplasty or ear pinning is a procedure that
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corrects the prominent ears. Patients may have both of the ears that are prominent or in some cases there is asymmetry of the prominence of the two years. Typically the procedure is performed in the office. You do not need general anesthesia. The procedure is only one hour long.
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In otoplasty or ear pinning procedure, we are removing some of the cartilage from your ear from an incision that is behind the ear and therefore not visible. During the procedure, we will correct the ear folds and we will suture the ear cartilage to the head. The results are permanent and the recovery is quick.
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The ears will not protrude as much which will make them appear smaller; however, the ears are actually still the same size.
Yes. With aging, the ear cartilage becomes more fibrous.
No. Otoplasty is typically performed for cosmetic reasons only.