The most common Otoplasty is often referred to as Ear Pinning. This procedure helps correct ears that stick out too far, ears that are prominent or not proportioned. This is a common procedure that can usually be done in the office with local anesthetic.
An Otoplasty can improve the shape, position and the proportion of the ear which can have profound benefits to appearance and self esteem*.
If you are considering ear reshaping for your child, it is important that you discuss this procedure and your child’s overall health with your pediatrician. Timing is always an important consideration with ear reshaping for children. Having the procedure at a young age is best because the cartilage is very pliable and reshapes more easily.
All surgeries have the standard risks of bleeding, infection, nerve damage, or unmet expectations. Unfolding or recurrence of the prominence is probably the most common problem.
Ear reshaping can be done for adults as well as for children. With adults, it is important to know that the ear is fully developed, and will not remold after surgery as easily as the softer cartilage that children have. The procedure is performed in our In Office Surgery suite under local and oral sedation; no general anesthesia is needed. The patient and family can actually see the changes and help in deciding the amount of correction.