Ear Pinning

What is ear pinning?

Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is a type of cosmetic plastic surgery procedure aimed at setting prominent ears closer to the head, or reducing the size of larger ears. However, there are other ear problems that can be helped with surgery, including the following:

  • lop ear - when the tip of the ear folds down and forward.
  • cupped ear - a very small ear.
  • shell ear - when the curve in the outer rim, as well as the natural folds and creases, are missing.
  • large or stretched earlobes
  • lobes with large creases and wrinkles

Surgeons can even build new ears for those who were born without them or who lost them through injury.

Who are candidates for ear pinning?

The operation is usually performed on children between the ages of 5 and 6; however, ear surgery for adults does occur.

Possible complications associated with ear pinning:

Possible complications associated with ear pinning may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • blood clots on the ears
  • infection in the cartilage, which can cause a formation of scar tissue

About the procedure:

Although each procedure varies, generally, ear pinning surgeries follow this process:

  • Location options may include:
    • surgeon's office-based surgical facility
    • outpatient surgery center
    • hospital outpatient
    • hospital inpatient
  • Anesthetic options may include:
    • general anesthesia for children
    • local anesthesia, combined with a sedative (allows the patient to remain awake but relaxed) for adults
  • Average length of procedure:
    • several hours or longer
  • Some possible short-term side effects of surgery:
    • throbbing in the ears
    • aching

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