Facial Cosmetic Surgery
Otoplasty (Ear Pinning)
Prominent Ear deformity is a problem that typically occurs at birth but may become more evident in childhood and generally does not get better. This ear deformity is clearly a source of ridicule in younger children, but is also a source of embarrassment for anyone who has not had it repaired. This is a cosmetic procedure that is commonly performed on children. This is a delicate procedure, but is well tolerated by even young patients especially when they are well prepared. Insurance coverage for this procedure is not reliable regardless of how “medically necessary” it may be considered.
Who is a Candidate?
- Young children that are 5-8 years old….depending on their facial growth and maturity
- Any age person that has the deformity that has time to recover
- Patients with clear ear deformity with the lack of several “folds” in the ear itself
- A more balanced shaped ear and a more normal “head shape”
- Reasonably symmetric ear position
- Ability to “wear your hair back”
- The operation is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia or sedation. Some adults (especially with just a one sided problem) can have this done under a local.
- Incisions are made behind the ear. Occasionally, with particular deformities, small incisions may be made on the visible side along the deeper curve of the ear.
Recuperation and Healing
- The patient goes home with dressings, which are usually removed in 5-7 days. This dressing is very important to keep the pressure off of the repair as well as protect the ear.
- Minimal initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication.
- Sutures usually dissolve but occasionally they will be removed in 5-7 days.
- The final result is evident early on, however, minor ear irregularities will improve in 6-8 weeks
- This is general information to prepare patients for surgery and not a reference for our post-operative patients.
The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.