Otoplasty surgery, also known as ear surgery or ear pinning, is a cosmetic procedure that changes the appearance of the ears. The surgery is usually performed on children or adults who are self-conscious about the size, shape, or position of their ears. In some cases, the surgery may also be recommended for medical reasons, such as correcting deformities caused by injury or birth defects.
The goal of otoplasty is to create a natural and harmonious look for the ears so that they blend well with the face. In most cases, the surgery involves reshaping, resizing, or repositioning the ear cartilage to create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. The surgery can also be used to correct asymmetry or to reduce the size of large or prominent ears.
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, depending on the patient’s age and the complexity of the procedure. The surgical incisions are typically made behind the ear, in the crease where the ear meets the head. The incisions are small and well-hidden so that they will not be visible after the surgery.
During the procedure, the surgeon will carefully reshape the ear cartilage and suture it in place to create a new, more aesthetically pleasing shape. If the ear is too large, the surgeon may remove a portion of the cartilage to reduce its size. If the ear is sticking out too far from the head, the surgeon may reshape the cartilage to bring the ear closer to the head.
After the surgery, the patient will need to wear a headband or bandage to keep the ears in place while they heal. Most patients can return to work and normal activities within a week or two of the surgery, although some may experience swelling, discomfort, or pain for several weeks.
Overall, otoplasty surgery is a safe and effective procedure that can help improve the appearance of the ears and boost self-esteem. The results of the surgery are long-lasting, and many patients are extremely happy with their new look. If you are considering otoplasty, it is important to work with an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon who can help you understand the risks and benefits of the procedure, and who can help you achieve the best possible results.