Ear Pinning (Otoplasty): Is It Worth It?
Ear pinning, also known as otoplasty, surgically pulls your ears closer to your head. The procedure is designed to permanently fix protruding ears, and the results can instantly improve your self-confidence.
This procedure can be done on children and adults. Once the ears are fully grown, which is around age 4, otoplasty can be done to pull ears back towards the head.
Facts to Know About Ear Pinning
Whether you are a parent considering otoplasty for your child, or you are an adult considering it for yourself, knowing more about the procedure will help you make the right decision. Naturally, you should consult with a professional in cosmetic surgery in Toronto to see if you are a candidate.
Here is what you need to know about the ear pinning procedure:
- Anesthesia – Younger children may receive general anesthesia to keep them from moving during the procedure. Older children and adults can use local anesthesia and intravenous sedation to remain comfortable during the surgery.
- Surgical Incisions – The scars from ear pinning are faint and not seen by the naked eye. In most cases, hair will cover the surgical scars entirely. You may have faint scarring on the back of the ear, but this scar will fade over time. To ensure your ears are even, your surgeon will do the procedure on both sides; this is regardless of whether you have one ear protruding more than the other.
- Risks – All surgical procedures carry some risks, but with ear pinning, the risks are not as severe. These complications are very rare, and if one does occur, it is usually minor and easy to correct. The risks include the ear reverting to the original position, blood clots in the ear, or infection in the cartilage. Your surgeon will discuss any specific risks you could face, and the likelihood of you experiencing them.
- Preparing for Your Procedure – Your surgeon will give you a pre-operative list to follow for your otoplasty. These are standard for cosmetic surgery in Toronto and may include stopping aspirin and other blood thinning medications, fasting before your procedure, and stopping tobacco use. Follow these instructions very carefully to ensure you do not have adverse reactions to your procedure.
- Length of Surgery – Ear pinning takes anywhere from 2 to 3 hours, depending on the severity of the protrusion. It is an outpatient procedure; therefore, you go home after a small window of observation.
Is Ear Pinning Right for You?
Protruding ears can be embarrassing, regardless of age. You may lack self-confidence, fear social situations, and be unhappy about your appearance. Instead of worrying about how you can cover them up, otoplasty corrects the issue and frees you from the confines of your ears.
To see if you are a candidate for ear pinning, you need a consultation with a Toronto plastic surgery centre, like UELC. Our surgeons will assess your current ear placement and find a solution that balances your face and brings your ears back inward.