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 this surgery. 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 done 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:
About the procedure
Although each procedure varies, generally, ear pinning surgeries alter the cartilage
just behind the ear. In some cases, cartilage and skin might be removed. In other
cases, stitches are used to hold the cartilage permanently in place.
Location options may include:
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:
Some possible short-term side effects of surgery:
To avoid putting pressure on your ears, you may not be able to sleep on your side.