Technically known as otoplasty, ear pinning is a cosmetic ear surgery that brings protruding ears closer to the sides of the face, reducing psychological trauma and enhancing your self-image and confidence at the same time.
A custom ear surgery can reduce the size or projection of the ears by sculpting the cartilage, giving your ears a more naturally balanced, symmetrical appearance. Reach out and set up a consultation to learn more about what ear pinning surgery can do for you.
Ear Pinning Surgery Who is a good candidate for ear pinning?
Ears that stick out are a frequent source of embarrassment for children in school or on the playground, but the good news is that this congenital issue—typically caused by poorly-shaped or overdeveloped ear cartilage—can be corrected with a custom ear surgery at Mangat Plastic Surgery. Otoplasty is commonly performed on children as early as age five, and many adults undergo this procedure, as well.
What can I expect with an ear pinning procedure?
Otoplasty is commonly performed with intravenous sedation and local anesthesia, but can also be performed as an outpatient procedure with general anesthesia.
Different surgical techniques can be used, depending on the corrections required.
The incision is typically placed on the backside of the ear. If on a rare occasion an incision on the front of the ear is necessary, it is placed within the natural folds of the ear, to effectively hide the scar.
Cartilage may be sculpted or removed in some cases, in which case the ear structure will be moved toward the head and held in place with non-removable sutures.
Once the procedure is complete, Dr. Mangat will secure the ear cartilage and close the incision with sutures.
What is the recovery process like after ear pinning?
After an ear pinning procedure, you will return home with a bandage and compression dressing to hold the ear in place. The bandage is removed at 72 hours; sutures are absorbable and do not have to be removed. You will not be able to wear glasses or earrings for about three weeks; you will look presentable to appear in public in 3-4 days. You may experience slight swelling, itching, redness, and numbness, which should resolve within a few weeks. Post-operative pain can be controlled with medication. You may need to wear an elastic headband at night and during the day, whenever possible, for several weeks to support the ears.
How long does ear pinning surgery take?
Otoplasty takes approximately one hour to perform.
How much downtime does otoplasty require?
Most patients can return to work or school within approximately one week after ear pinning.
How soon after surgery can I resume sports and strenuous activities?
You will need to avoid strenuous activities and contact sports for one to two months after otoplasty.
Is otoplasty covered by insurance?
In some cases, ear pinning is covered by insurance. Check with your insurance company to find out if they cover this procedure.
Why is ear pinning often performed on young children?
There are many benefits to performing otoplasty at an early age, particularly its ability to lessen the psychological and emotional trauma a child has to endure.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that safety is now an increased priority. Dr. Mangat has resumed seeing patients in a way that is safe and takes appropriate health precautions, and this includes the option to set up a virtual consultation.
If you’d like to schedule a virtual consultation with Dr. Mangat or Dr. Copit to begin learning about how we can help you realize your cosmetic goals, please reach out. We’re excited to start you on your journey to your most beautiful self.