Ear Surgery (Otoplasty, Ear Piercing Repair)

An otoplasty (ear pinning) is a procedure designed to address large or protruding ears and ear asymmetry. Many of us don’t give much thought to the appearance of our ears, but for those whose ears are prominent, asymmetrical, or misshapen, ears can be a great source of insecurity.

Otoplasty is a frequently performed procedure to reshape the ear or ears to create an improved or less conspicuous appearance. Quite often this involves bringing protruding ears closer to the sides of the head. This “ear pinning” procedure is fairly straightforward, and can improve the self-esteem of adults who may have been teased.

Who is a good candidate for otoplasty surgery?

If you are an individual with any of the following concerns, then you may be a candidate for otoplasty surgery:

  • Protruding ears
  • Overy large ears
  • Asymmetrical ears
  • Deformities in the cartilage of one or both ears

This procedure is done under a light general anesthesia in most circumstances but may be performed under local anesthesia. An incision is made on the back of ear, and the cartilage is reshaped and held in the new position by permanent stitches under the skin. Dissolving stitches are used to close the skin incision. A head bandage is worn for 3 to 5 days after surgery to provide support as the ears heal.

Most patients report only minor discomfort following ear surgery, and this is typically managed with over the counter medication. Once the head bandage is removed, you can enjoy your normal activities and newly improved appearance.


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