Fix Those Large and Protruding Ears with an Otoplasty
“Otoplasty, or ear-pinning surgery, is designed to bring better proportion to ears, thereby improving aesthetic balance. The surgery is often performed in children or adolescents with prominent ears, which can cause them self-esteem issues. The procedure is also very effective in older patients who would like to improve the appearance of their ears after what may have been a lifetime of self-consciousness,” explains Dr Trelles, plastic and laser surgeon at state-of-the-art dentistry, plastic and aesthetic laser surgery clinic Vilafortuny.
So are you a candidate?
Candidates for ear surgery include:
- Adults who would like to reduce the appearance of prominent ears.
- Children whose ear cartilage has reached at least 75% maturation (usually between five and eight years old).
- Patients who suffer from lack of self-confidence due to disproportionately shaped ears.
What to expect
The surgeon will make a small, hidden incision behind each ear and re-sculpt the cartilage, moving it closer to the head. The procedure can be performed under local or general anaesthesia, and it usually takes about one to two hours to complete. The end results are ears that are placed closer to the head and appear smaller.
What to expect after
“After the procedure, your ears will be bandaged to reduce swelling. You will also be fitted with a soft headband to wear during sleep. Most patients can return to work one week after surgery; however, it is important that the ears are protected from harm for several weeks following the surgery to ensure they heal completely and maintain the new position,” says Dr Trelles on what to expect after the procedure.