Ear pinning (otoplasty) surgery improves the position, shape and proportions of the ear. Ear pinning corrects protruding ears, large ears as well as reshaping ears caused by birth defects or injury.
Ears develop to their full size from a very early age, ear pinning can be performed on children as young as five. This procedure is suited to anyone who is self-conscious about their ears or who are inconvenienced by general lifestyle choices such as not being able to wear glasses properly or hats sitting uncomfortably.
The aim of the surgery is to alter the size or position of the ear, generally making the ears closer to the head. In the case of protruding ears the patient has additional cartilage in the ear which is what causes it to stick out. The surgeon removes an amount of cartilage (amount depends on how much the ears stick out, how much extra cartilage there is). The procedure is conducted under anaesthetic and the surgeon makes the incision as inconspicuous as possible such as the back of the ear, within the fold of ear or where ear connects to head this all depends on the changes required. Ear related corrections require up to three weeks’ recovery time.
The results are both visual and functional. Ear correction improves the patients self-confidence and appearance in proportion to face. The procedure also allows the patient to comfortably wear glasses, hats and other paraphilia that requires ear support.