What is Prominent Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)?
Prominent Ear Correction (Otoplasty) is also known as pinnaplasty or ear pinning is a cosmetic surgery procedure which is designed to improve the appearance of large or excessively protruding ears.
Who is the best candidate for Prominent Ear Surgery?
You may decide to have otoplasty if you are concerned about how much your ears stick out of your head. You may also consider otoplasty if your ear or ears are misshapen due to trauma or a birth defect.
At what age can I have Prominent Ear Surgery?
Otoplasty can be performed at any age after the ears have reached their full size - usually after 5 years of age - until adulthood.
What are the risks after Prominent Ear Surgery?
The risks associated with otoplasty include:
Asymmetry in the positioning of the ears.
Changes in skin sensation.
Problems with the sutures.
How is Prominent Ear Surgery performed?
Your doctor may make incisions:
At the back of the ears
In the inner folds of the ears
After the incisions, your doctor may remove excess cartilage and skin. He or she will then fold the cartilage into the correct position and secure it with inner stitches. Additional stitches will be used to close the incisions.
What type of anesthesia is used during Prominent Ear Surgery (otoplasty) ?
Otoplasty can be done in a hospital or an outpatient surgical facility. Sometimes the procedure is done with sedation and local anesthesia, which numbs only part of your body. In other cases, general anesthesia — which renders you unconscious — may be given before your procedure.
How many hours does the Prominent Ear Surgery procedure last?
The procedure usually takes about two hours
What are the expectations after surgery on a prominent ear?
After cosmetic ear surgery, you will wear a hair band that is not too tight and completely covers the ear, and wear it continuously for about 3 weeks. This reduces the strain on the sutures holding the cartilage back, which tends to return to its original state. The cartilage hardens and heals in its new position. Another function of a rubber band is to reduce swelling in the first few days after surgery on a prominent ear and to ensure that the swelling recedes more quickly.
Loss of sensation in the ear may last for several weeks, which is normal. During this period, avoid drying your hair with a hairdryer and blow dryer.
Does Prominent Ear Surgery (otoplasty) cause hearing problems?
This operation, which is performed for aesthetic purposes, has nothing to do with hearing functions so it is unlikely to cause any hearing problems.
How much does a Prominent Ear Surgery (otoplasty) cost?
It can vary significantly depending on multiple factors, including:
Experience of the surgeon
Location of the procedure (office, surgery center, hospital)
Type of anesthesia used
*A low-cost Prominent Ear Surgery (otoplasty) performed by an inexperienced surgeon who delivers poor results is not a good combination.