Otoplasty (Ear Pinning)
Otoplasty surgery is a cosmetic procedure that can change the position and size of the ears. This surgery is designed to improve the appearance of ears that are too large, stick out too much, don’t match in size, or have an abnormal shape (from trauma, cancer resection, or a birth defect).* Some of our patients have said that they were teased when they were children and are ready to make a change! While this surgery changes the way your ear looks, it will not affect your hearing as the surgery is performed on the outside of your ear only.
*Individual results may vary.
What the Surgery Will Be Like
Otoplasty is typically performed on an outpatient basis either as an office procedure or in a surgery center, depending on how much surgical work is necessary. Incisions are made to be well-hidden in the natural curvatures of your ears and behind your ears. Sutures may be placed to help the ear keep its shape. Cartilage has memory and always wants to go back to where it was before. As we get older, our cartilage gets stiffer. (Feel the ear of a baby and then feel your own ear; you can feel how much stiffer our cartilage is.) The sutures placed will help keep the ears in their new position. If you have extra cartilage that is causing problems with your appearance, this will be removed also. The procedure takes approximately 1 hour per ear. Afterwards, you will be placed in gauze and bandages.
After the local anesthetic medication has worn off, the ears will feel sore for the first few days. You will likely have some bruising and swelling for the first 3 to 5 days. Some women can wear their hair down to cover it. Try to sleep flat on your back and not on your side until the swelling has gone down. Dr. Wong will see you within the first week after your procedure to make sure you are healing as expected. Most patients can return to work in a few days, depending on how strenuous their occupation is.
Call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Wong today! Every patient has different ear anatomy and goals. She will discuss the details and risks of the surgery and provide you with a highly individualized treatment plan. She looks forward to meeting you!