Ear Pinning

Ear pinning (Otoplasty) is a procedure to correct prominent, or protruding ears, creating a more natural, symmetrical appearance. Normal folds are surgically created, and cartilage is reshaped as needed to re-set the position of the ears closer to the head. Overly large ear lobes may also be reduced and reshaped during the procedure.

Otoplasty Ear Surgery

Various surgical approaches can be utilized to restore ears to a more aesthetically pleasing position and shape, depending upon the extent of correction needed. Generally, an incision is made behind the ear to minimize scarring, cartilage is manipulated and reshaped, then sutured into its new, more natural position. Otoplasty (ear correction or pinning) is usually well tolerated, with highly satisfying results. To learn more about ear correction surgery, contact Healing Waters to schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate?

Ear correction surgery (otoplasty) can improve ear position and shape, as well as balance and restore a more aesthetically pleasing proportion. It may be an excellent option for people of various ages who are self-conscious about protruding or misshapen ears due to injury or structural defect. The otoplasty procedure can have a profoundly positive effect by significantly improving appearance and, in many cases, self-confidence.

Otoplasty will not correct hearing.

Ideal candidates for otoplasty should be in good health, nonsmoking and medically fit for surgery. For further information about whether ear surgery (otoplasty) can benefit you, contact Healing Waters to arrange a plastic surgery consultation.

What to expect post-surgery?

Following surgery, you can expect swelling as well as pain and discomfort that can be managed with rest and medication. Bandages or sterile dressings are applied to the incision sites and may be worn during the healing process. A wraparound head dressing or headband may be used to help protect the ears. Patients who have undergone otoplasty should avoid sleeping on their sides for a couple of weeks and avoid strenuous activity for several weeks. Most patients resume work within a week and full normal routines after two weeks.

Once bandages are removed, the improvement resulting from ear surgery should be immediately noticeable, though final results may not be evident for a few weeks.

What are the risks?

Most patients are happy with the results of ear correction surgery (otoplasty) and recover well with a minimum of difficulty. Although less common, some possible complications include numbness (usually temporary), infection, bleeding, hematoma, problems with anesthesia, unfavorable scarring, asymmetry or recurrence of ear protrusion.

At Healing Waters, our priority is to provide each patient with exceptional results in a safe, comfortable environment. Our plastic surgeons and staff are dedicated to patient education, and your plastic surgeon will thoroughly explain the procedure, risks and potential complications to you and will be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Will I have scars?

Incisions are strategically placed behind the ear, which minimizes the visibility of scarring. Patients usually have small, faint scars on the back of the ears that fade well with time.

If you have a known history of problematic scarring, such as keloid or hypertrophic scar formation, you should advise your surgeon before undergoing surgery and discuss your options.

How soon can I resume exercise or sports after ear surgery?

Generally, contact sports, strenuous exercise or other types of strenuous activity should be avoided for one or two months following surgery to avoid the risk of bending or trauma to the ears.

It is important to follow all post-surgical advice given to protect your ears and ensure proper healing. Your surgeon will tailor your post-operative instructions and aftercare to your particular needs and circumstances.

Are the results permanent?

In most cases, the results of otoplasty are lasting, provided the ears are adequately protected from trauma and injury during the healing process and after recovery. In rare instances, if the correction doesn’t hold, a revision may be necessary.

Can I go swimming after surgery?

It is best for otoplasty patients to wait until healing is complete and avoid swimming, crowded swimming pools, diving, water skiing, water sports or similar activity for several (often 6-8) weeks to avoid the risk of trauma to the ear.

You will need to consult with your surgeon for the best advice relative to your specific case.

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