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Otoplasty/Ear Pinning Surgery

Otoplasty, commonly known as ear pinning, is a procedure aimed at addressing the insecurity and embarrassment often associated with prominent or protruding ears. This concern can affect individuals of all ages, from young children to adults. Typically performed under general anesthesia, otoplasty involves restructuring the ear cartilage to create the natural folds and projections that define the ear’s proper shape.

During the procedure, discreet incisions are made, typically behind the ear, and sometimes along the front ridges as well. The cartilage may be trimmed, reshaped, or stitched closer to the head to achieve the desired outcome. Despite its transformative potential, otoplasty is generally a straightforward outpatient procedure, lasting a couple of hours.

Following surgery, patients may experience mild discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed pain medication. Protective wraps are applied over the head and ears to safeguard the surgical site and are usually removed within a week. Subsequently, patients undergo a healing period of 4-6 weeks, during which the ears may remain sensitive. However, any resulting scars are minimal and discreetly hidden, typically fading with time.

Otoplasty can have a profound impact on self-esteem, offering both significant and subtle changes in appearance. For many individuals, this procedure represents a transformative journey towards newfound confidence and improved body image. Our practice is dedicated to serving otoplasty patients in Utah and beyond, welcoming both local and out-of-town individuals for consultations. If you’re considering otoplasty, we invite you to schedule a consultation with us today using our convenient Contact Us form.

How long will the ears take to recover?

It takes at least six weeks for half of the swelling to go away, six months for the other half, and a year for the final shape to be achieved. However, your ears will look significantly better in 2-3 weeks. After this brief length of time, the shape and contour will be easily visible and appreciated.

What are some of the issues that could arise?

Every surgery has some risks, although the risks associated with ear reshaping are usually minor. Bleeding, infection, slow healing, numbness, thickened scarring behind the ear, and visualization of the cartilage edge that was sliced to modify the ear are only a few of them. If the ear is pulled on before it has fully healed, one of the most serious problems can arise. The form will be adjusted if this occurs.

What’s the best way to achieve the new ear shape?

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When is the best time to have my surgery?

It is advised that you are in good mental and physical fitness, with good skin health. This operation is frequently performed on children aged 6 and up. The ear is almost fully developed by the time the child reaches the age of five. The ability to collaborate after the procedure is the deciding factor. We aim to modify the ears before any potential psychological issues arise, thus sooner is better than later. Adults who have had otoplasty surgery, on the other hand, are exceedingly pleased with their new appearance.