Ear Pinning

Ear Pinning (Otoplasty) is a cosmetic plastic surgery used to set prominent ears closer to the head. Ear Pinning (Otoplasty) is ideal for individual whose ears are prominent, over protruding, cupped or ill defined.

Ear Pinning surgery can be performed at a hospital, surgery clinic or a doctor's office. It is generally an outpatient procedure, but at times, a child may be admitted overnight. Anesthesia varies depending on the age of the patient. For a young child, general anesthesia may ease the process, but for adults it's possible to use local anesthesia instead.

The average ear pinning procedure takes 2 to 3 hours. In the most common technique, an incision on the back of the ear is made, exposing the cartilage beneath. The cartilage is then bent back towards the scalp. If the ear is very prominent, permanent stitches may be used to maintain the new shape of the ear. There may be slight scarring where the skin is joined, but this usually fades with time.

After an Ear Pinning procedure, patients are usually mobile after a couple of hours. Adult patients can leave the hospital once they are awake, but for children the anesthesia may have a longer effect so it may be necessary to stay overnight. Immediately following the surgery, the head of the patient is wrapped in a sterile bandage.

For the first few days, there may be some pain and throbbing, which can be alleviated by painkillers. After 2 or 3 days, the bandage will be replaced with a lighter one, and after a week the stitches will either dissolve or will be removed.

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