Otoplasty/Ear Pinning Surgery in Utah

Prominent or protruding ears can be a source of insecurity or embarrassment for children or adults. Surgical correction can be undertaken in young children (usually about the age of 5) up to adulthood.

The otoplasty or ear pinning procedure is usually done under general anesthesia. Surgical correction of prominent ears involves restructuring the cartilage of the ears to create the normal folds and depressions that give the ear its proper shape and projection. This is done through an incision on the back of the ear and possibly a small incision along one of the ridges of the front of the ear. The cartilage may be trimmed, reshaped, or stitched closer to the head to produce the natural shape and projection of the ears. The procedure can take a couple of hours but is usually an outpatient procedure. After surgery, your child will have a protective wrap over the head and ears to protect the ears, which will be removed by Dr. Petersen in about a week. Pain is usually mild and can be treated with pain medications. The ears may be sensitive for 4-6 weeks. Once the initial dressings are removed, a head band is typically worn for about a month to help the ears heal in the correct position. Scars are well hidden on the back of the ear and generally fade with time.

Otoplasty can result in either a significant difference or a subtle change, but can lead to a giant change in perspective and self-esteem. This simple procedure can be life-changing for children or adults.

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