Ear Pinning Surgery
If you or your child is affected by prominent ears that stick out a bit too far from the head, otoplasty (ear correction surgery) may be the right option for you. Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears. This operation is typically done on children between the ages of four and 14. Ears are almost fully grown by age four, and the earlier the surgery is completed, the less teasing and ridicule the child will have to endure. Dr. Sasson can determine if you or your child is a right candidate for otoplasty.
If your child is young, Dr. Sasson may recommend general anesthesia, so the child will sleep through the operation. For older children or adults, Dr. Sasson may prefer to use local anesthesia, combined with a sedative, so you or your child will be awake but relaxed.
Ear surgery usually takes about two to three hours, although complicated procedures may take longer. The technique will depend on the problem.
In most cases, ear surgery will leave a faint scar in the back of the ear that will fade with time. Even when only one ear appears to protrude, surgery is usually performed on both ears for a better balance. With children, the change in their appearance quickly restores their self-confidence and stops the ridicule and teasing. This Dr. Sasson believes is the most important aspect of this surgery for children.
Ears that appear to stick out or are overly large can be helped by ear surgery.
An incision is made in the back of the ear so cartilage can be sculpted or folded. Stitches are used to close the incision and help maintain the new shape.
Creating a fold in the cartilage makes the ear lie flatter against the head and appear more normal.