Listen Close: How Otoplasty can Change Your Life
Otoplasty, also known as ear pinning, is a surgical procedure to bring proportion and symmetry to the ears. Whether this procedure is performed on young children or adults, the benefits of otoplasty can be life-changing. Check out these advantages patients gain from otoplasty, no matter what their age and reason for the procedure.
Explaining the Procedure
Otoplasty is designed to improve the appearance of the ear. Specifically, the procedure can address the following concerns:
- Ears that protrude from the sides of the head
- Ears that are disproportionately large for the rest of the facial features
- Tops of ears that fold over (known as lop ears)
- Asymmetrical ears that are uneven in size, shape or position
This procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, although general may be preferred for some younger patients. Otoplasty generally takes about one hour to complete and patients may go home the same day as the surgery.
Recovery from otoplasty is often faster and less painful than patients expect. Oral pain medication is generally sufficient for managing any post-operative discomfort. A dressing is usually placed around the head and ears to hold the ears in place during the first few days of recovery. Children may also be given a special headband to wear after the dressing comes off that protects the ears for the first week or two. Most patients are back to regular activities within a week or two after their surgery.
Benefits for Children
Otoplasty is one of the few plastic surgery procedures recommended for younger patients. Children that have protruding ears can be the subject of teasing and even bullying, particularly once they hit the school years. Studies have shown that regular bullying can affect a child’s social development and academic performance throughout their school career.
By performing the procedure in the early years before the child goes to school, parents can often spare the child the trauma of bullying over their appearance. Because the procedure is relatively quick and safe, there is not a great amount of risk in performing this procedure on younger patients. It is generally recommended for children around the age of five, since the ears are usually fully mature by that time and the child has not typically started school quite yet.
Benefits for Adults
If the procedure is not performed at a younger age, adults with misshapen or protruding ears can also benefit from the otoplasty procedure. While adults may not be subjected to the same type of teasing as kids, the appearance of the ears can make an adult very self-conscious about their appearance. Some will avoid certain hairstyles for fear of making the ears more visible.
The procedure works in a similar fashion for adults as it does with children, although many adults can return to work and other activities a bit faster. The results of otoplasty are immediate for most patients, making this surgery a good investment in meeting your aesthetic goals overall. Like children, adults typically experience an increase in self-confidence and self-esteem after the procedure.
Otoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that can offer a myriad of benefits for patients of all ages. To learn more about this procedure, contact Dr. Madnani today at 212-203-8591 or 516-226-1080.