Ear Pinning or Correction
Ear pinning or correction (otoplasty) is a surgical procedure that gives patients a more natural-looking appearance by reshaping and repositioning the ear. Otoplasty is safe and effective for both children and adults with ear deformities. Correcting protruding or disfigured ears through surgery can have immediate, dramatic results.
How Does It Work?
Otoplasty is a short, outpatient procedure that is done under local anesthesia. Although corrective ear surgeries are not extremely complicated, they are rarer than other cosmetic procedures. It’s important to choose a surgeon like Dr. Farole who has an extensive track record with this particular surgery.
Dr. Farole uses a variety of surgical techniques to give patients the best outcome possible. No two procedures are exactly alike. Dr. Farole will tailor your surgery to fit your individual needs. Cartilage removal, stitch remodeling or both may be done during your hour-long procedure. Incisions are made behind the ear and are easily-concealable.
Downtime is minimal with ear pinning and there is very little postoperative discomfort. Swelling and bruising can be expected for a week or so post-surgery. Strenuous activity and exercise should be avoided 2-3 days after your surgery.
Smoking impedes the healing process. Smokers will need to quit smoking a full 24-hours prior and 24-hours after their otoplasty surgery at a minimum.
Is It Right for Me?
You may be a good candidate for corrective ear surgery if you are self-conscious about the appearance of your ears. Patients with overly large, protruding, or asymmetrical ears can benefit from otoplasty surgery.
Because the ears are fully developed by the age of four, children can also have the procedure done to bring balance to their face.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
Happily, results from otoplasty surgery are immediate. Continued improvement will occur as swelling subsides revealing long-lasting dramatic results. In rare situations, more than one procedure may be necessary to achieve desired results.