Information About Otoplasty / Ear Pinning

Otoplasty for children and adults

People who have protruding or oversized ears can elect to have cosmetic surgery done to make their ears appear smaller. Otoplasty or ear pinning, is a common procedure for children. Many patients who receive the procedure are between 4 and 14 years old, however it is also a common procedure for adults.

Those with cupped or shell ears can receive the surgery to improve the appearance of their ears, as can those who have deformed earlobes from piercings. Ears that have received damage through sporting activities or other injuries are also good candidates for the procedure. Contact our office to find out if you are a suitable candidate for surgery.

The Procedure

During the initial consultation, your surgeon will examine the structure of the ears and explain the best solution for you. For those with only one ear that needs to be pinned back, surgery will probably be recommended on both ears to achieve a balanced appearance. Otoplasty affects the outside of the ear only and will not affect the patients hearing. This procedure is for cosmetic purposes only.

The way your procedure will be carried out varies on the technique needed to correct your ears. The surgeon will determine the incision location by finding the most inconspicuous site on the back of the ear. After the incision is made, the ear will be sculpted and re-positioned closer to the head for a more natural-looking appearance. The surgeon may use non-removable stitches to help the cartilage maintain its position.

In another, less invasive technique, no cartilage is removed. The shape of the ear is corrected by stitches that are used to hold the ear in position. This procedure reshapes the ear in a less invasive manner and is advisable for people who only require minor changes to the appearance of their ears. Non-removable stitches are used to help the cartilage maintain its position.

Complications and risks

Complications are possible with any cosmetic surgery, although rare with otoplasty. Risks can include a blood clot in the ear or infection in the cartilage area. If the blood clot does not dissolve, it can be removed with a needle.

Some infections may require surgical drainage and scarring is a possibility. Patients may have a slightly visible scar on the back of the ear. However, surgeons take special care to place the incision somewhere with low visibility.

Post surgery

After the procedure, your head will be wrapped tightly in thick bandages. During your recovery you will be supplied with oral pain medication. It is advisable not to remove the bandages and you must follow your surgeon’s instructions closely.

Patients may return to the surgeon’s office within a week to change the bandage for a lighter one. A follow up consultation will be scheduled at a suitable time. Contact Refine cosmetic surgery Sydney to discuss more on Ear pinning/ Otoplasty.