Ear Reshaping (Otoplasty, Ear Pinning Surgery) is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears.
The otoplasty surgery is performed under a local anesthesia, sometimes with light sedation (depending on the surgeons opinion).
Otoplasty procedure starts with an incision just behind the ear, in the natural fold where the ear is joined to the head. The surgeon will then remove the necessary amounts of cartilage and skin required to achieve the right effect. Next the ears are stitched into the new position, closer to the side of the head. The head is tightly bandaged to provide stability for the ears.
The incisiont is located only in the depths of the crease behind the ear that’s why it is inconspicuous- the scar will be hidden.
The average ear surgery procedure takes 20 to 40 minutes.
The ears may throb or ache a little for a few days, but this can be relieved by pain medication prescribed by your surgeon.
The stitches will generally be removed between 10 and 14 days after your ear surgery.
In some cases it is recommended to have wear a headband for 2-3 months after surgery in order to protect the surgical repair.