Those with prominent ears know that it can lead to hurtful teasing and bullying, especially in childhood. Ear pinning surgery, or otoplasty, improves the appearance of large or misshapen ears, particularly those that protrude from the head. Ear pinning surgery is a relatively simple outpatient procedure that balances out your facial features and frees you from the emotional distress that can be brought on by protruding ears.
During an otoplasty, a small incision is made behind the natural fold of the ear. The skin and cartilage is then reshaped to make the ear less prominent and more proportionate to your face and the incision is closed with small stitches. The entire procedure takes 2-3 hours, requires minimal downtime, and is low-risk. Otoplasty may be performed on children or adults, but children must be at least 5 years old to ensure the ears are fully developed before surgery. Childhood is an ideal time to have ear pinning surgery since the cartilage in the ear is softer and more pliable, although countless adults undergo ear pinning surgery every year with no complications. Whether you’re looking into otoplasty for yourself or your child, Dr. Ortiz will discuss the procedure, risks, and benefits with you to determine if it’s the right choice. People that have ear pinning surgery see a boost in their self-esteem and additional pride in their appearance.
If large or protruding ears are hurting your self-esteem or your child’s confidence, ear pinning surgery may be the solution. Dr. Ortiz is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. He has helped countless people feel better about their appearance and can do the same for you. Call our Raleigh plastic surgery center at 919-532-2270 or fill out the easy-to-use online contact form use to schedule your consultation with Dr. Ortiz today.