Having this condition can make people feel less confident. For younger children, it may also be the reason for being bullied by their peers. Otoplasty, or ear pinning, is a procedure which involves performing surgery to the external ear in order to improve the shape and the position of the ear. It’s one of the few cosmetic procedures that are suitable for children as this surgery can be performed once the ear cartilage is fully formed and stable enough to manipulate. Most of the time, otoplasty is performed for two main reasons: to set prominent ears back closer to the head, or to reduce the size of larger ears. However, your surgeon can perform an ear surgery to improve any of the following conditions depending on your individual needs:
- Large or protruding ears (bat ears)
- Lop ear (top of the ear folds downward or inward)
- Cupped ear (a small ear)
- Large, stretched or torn earlobes
Outpatient day case surgery
Length of surgery
Most patients are back to work after a week. Bruising and swelling last for 2- 3 weeks, but results are noticeable after the operation.
Usually lasts for life.
What Can Otoplasty Do For You?
This procedure is commonly performed in children to improve their ear shape as they are often subject to bullying due to having large ears. It is also popular among adults who wish to improve their appearance and gain greater self-confidence about their looks. Another benefit of otoplasty is that it can aid the overall facial symmetry and harmony, refining the facial features and contour.
Are You An Ideal Candidate?
Children above the age of five are suitable candidates for this procedure. It is recommended, however, for parents to wait until their child reaches the age of six years old when they are more physically and mentally prepared for the surgery and the recovery process afterwards. As for adults, the ideal candidates would be those patients whose ears are too prominent or asymmetrical and they wish to improve their appearance.
Risks Associated With Otoplasty Surgery
The risks for ear surgery are extremely low, and the procedure itself has minimal complications involved. It is important that the patients are in good health, have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure, and are mentally prepared for it.
Just like any other procedure, having a prior consultation with our surgeons is a crucial step in your surgery journey. They will assess your case with a personal approach, and take their time to understand your unique situation, your goals and desired outcome. To assess whether you’re a suitable candidate, your surgeon will perform a thorough examination of the ears, including the skin and underlying cartilage. Routine pre-op photographs will also be taken. Children will receive special attention to ensure they are not alarmed or worried, and the surgeon will also address any questions and concerns the child’s parents will have before the procedure.