Otoplasty surgery, also known as ear pinning or ear reshaping surgery, is a cosmetic procedure that is performed to correct the appearance of prominent or protruding ears. This surgery can be performed on children or adults and can have a significant impact on a person’s self-confidence and quality of life.
Benefits of Otoplasty
Some patients are unhappy with how prominent or large their ears appear. Other patients are more concerned with a prominent ear lobe, a cupped ear, or a floppy ear.
One of the main benefits of otoplasty surgery is that it can help to improve the overall balance and symmetry of the face. Prominent ears can be a source of embarrassment and self-consciousness and otoplasty. The surgery can also help to correct any deformities or asymmetries in the ear structure.
Ear Pinning Procedure
During otoplasty surgery, the surgeon will make an incision behind the ear and remove excess cartilage, reshape the cartilage to create a more natural ear contour, and then secure the ear closer to the head with sutures. The entire procedure usually takes between one and two hours and is typically done under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia.
Recovery from otoplasty surgery typically takes about one to two weeks, depending on the extent of the surgery. Patients will need to wear a protective headband over the ears for several days to help protect the ears and promote healing. Swelling and bruising are common in the first few days following the procedure, but this can be managed with pain medication and by keeping the head elevated as much as possible.
As with any surgery, there are some risks and potential complications associated with otoplasty surgery. These can include infection, bleeding, scarring, and asymmetry or overcorrection of the ear shape.
How We Can Help
Otoplasty surgery can be a life-changing procedure for individuals who are self-conscious about the appearance of their ears. If you are considering otoplasty surgery, it is important to do your research and come in to NJ ENT for a consultation. With proper care and recovery, otoplasty surgery can help to improve the appearance and balance of the face and boost your confidence and self-esteem.
The New Jersey Ear, Nose, and Throat Center team has performed thousands of procedures and has the experience to provide you with exceptional care. We use the latest technology and techniques to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome. Our doctors are experts in their field specializing in ear, nose, and throat as well as facial plastic surgery.