The Ins and Outs of Otoplasty

Otoplasty is a surgical procedure carried out here at the Center for Facial & Nasal Plastic Surgery. It involves altering the external part of the ear, in order to improve aesthetic appearance, bringing the ears closer to the head if they protrude.

The procedure is more commonly known outside of professional plastic surgery as ‘ear pinning’, and while it’s one that is done for cosmetic purposes, it’s usually one of the most life changing. The majority of patients that we see considering otoplasty are children. Having larger, protruding ears is a feature considered embarrassing, and many sufferers feel it damages their self consciousness.

Thankfully, an otoplasty is a relatively straight forward procedure, with a short recovery time. If you are interested in otoplasty and are worried about being awake for the procedure, it can be performed under general anesthesia.

The actual surgery can be minimally invasive, meaning there are limited and hidden incisions made. Sometimes an incision will be necessary, but with an incision-free otoplasty, a needle is used to remodel the ear’s cartilage. Any incisions made will be located behind the ear. This is not only because it gives the best results, but also because it will not show any scarring. The cartilage is weakened, reshaped and finally matched to the shape of the lobe, so that it looks natural. Depending on the patient’s individual situation, we will use dissolvable stitches.

Please take a quick look at our page on otoplasty and scroll down for the remarkable before and after photos of some of the patients that we have treated.