Along with the nose, ears are another of the facial features more prominent in an individual, particularly if their size or shape is different than those considered the standard. Although lobes surgery is a popular minor procedure, ear pinning surgery is more important for appearance enhancement and self-confidence.
Ear lobes are noticeable for the earrings that many women and men like to wear, but prominent ears are noticeable by themselves. Otoplasty is the surgical procedure intended for setting the ears back closer to patient’s head, commonly known as Ear pinning surgery. Size of large ears can also be removed through this procedure.
Although there is a considerable number of adults, both women and men, with large ears causing them embarrassment and social concerns, Ear pinning surgery is mostly performed in children under age 14. However, this procedure is not recommended for toddlers. Ears grow up to age 4, when they reach their full development, and a child becomes a candidate for undergoing Otoplasty.
Even when reshaping and/or decreasing the size and shape of the ear is possible, most surgeons recommend ear pinning surgery, which is limited to setting (pin) prominent ears closer to the head. In reshaping procedures, surgeon will determine with patients of children’s tutors if decreasing will be performed whether in the ear lobes, or the entire outer ear (auricle).
Ear pinning surgery may be performed under local or general anesthesia, particularly when patient are children, to prevent that their impatience can cause adverse results, despite the procedure usually involves a small incision at the back of the ear. However, it is a laborious operation that make take up to 3 hours.
Cartilage is resized or removed, to make it possible to pin the ear closer to the head. Depending on the patient, the surgeon may need to create a fold in the upper ear, when ears have any irregularity preventing the correct attachment. When ear pinning surgery is performed in children, insurance may accept this procedure as reconstructive surgery and cover total or partial expenses.
Ear pinning surgery is one of those procedures with a few or no risk or side effects other than those of the anesthesia in a few patients. After surgery, patients may suffer mild swelling, so it is usual that surgeons recommend wearing a hat, but more commonly wrapped with bandages, in which case these are removed after a few days, and generally replaced with a sweat band.
Sutures remain on the ear attachment area for about 2 weeks after the procedure. In some cases, patients need to get them removed, but the use of dissolvable stitches is common and allows the patient to have a natural recovery. After ear pinning surgery, faint scars appear on the back of the ear, fading with time.
In very rare cases, ear protrude appears only in one ear. In those cases, surgeons often recommend reshaping both ears for better balance of the face features. Surgeons evaluate patients in the initial meeting, so they will recommend the best technique for each individual case.