Ear Pinning (Otoplasty)
What is an otoplasty?
Otoplasty is the correction of protruding ears. There are also other procedures that may be employed to improve or correct many other deformities of the ear.
At what age is an otoplasty appropriate?
Ideally the ears should be near fully grown. This occurs by 9-10 years old. It may be performed a little sooner and certainly anytime after that.
What type of anesthesia is used?
For the younger children general anesthesia is used. For teenagers or young adults it may be performed with local with a little sedation.
What is the recovery like?
Fortunately there is not a lot of discomfort. The most important aspect of the recovery is to protect the ears after reconstruction until they have healed enough to maintain their new shape and position. This means that the ears need to be wrapped and protected for 6 weeks. After that normal activity is allowed.
What are some of the potential complications?
- Recurrent Deformity
- Pain of Numbness of the Ear