Ear Pinning / Reshaping
Norwood Day Surgery in Adelaide can help you with ear pinning if you’re not happy with the shape or position of your ears.
Many people are unhappy with their ears as they believe they distract from their appearance if they’re too large, protruding too much or oddly shaped.
Ear re-shaping and ear pinning
Protruding ears are a source of embarrassment and mental anguish for many people, especially children. Treatment for protruding ears is a very common procedure. In the past few decades, thousands of individuals have been physically as well as psychologically helped through ear pinning / Otoplasty (a surgical procedure designed to correct this condition).
How is Otoplasty / ear pinning performed?
There are several surgical procedures that are designed to bring the ears closer to the head. A basic procedure involves making an incision at the back of the ear to expose firm tissue called cartilage. The surgeon may either fold down the cartilage and use sutures to keep the folds together or will remove excess cartilage. After reshaping the cartilage, the incisions are closed with small sutures, and the ears are covered with bandages. Otoplasty can be performed under general anaesthesia in which the patient is put to sleep or under local anaesthesia in which the areas are numbed and the patient remains awake, but sedated and comfortable.
What can be expected following ear pinning surgery?
Pain or discomfort connected with the surgery is controlled by medications. Head bands are to be worn over the ears for one week and a further two weeks when sleeping. You can wear a beanie or head scarf to make you feel more comfortable if you wish. Scars from the incisions are, for the most part, inconspicuous because they are made within the crease behind the ears. Although patients are usually up and about around one or two days after surgery, the decision as to when normal activities can be resumed is determined by the physician and is based on the extent of surgery and the patient’s healing process.
At what age should Otoplasty be performed?
Otoplasty may be performed on anyone over the age of five or six years old when the ear growth is almost complete. However, if possible, it’s best to leave it until adulthood when the person can make up his or her own mind about the need for this procedure.
What are the risks involved with Otoplasty?
Each year, thousands of otoplasties are successfully performed. Although complications such as blood clots and infections following surgery are rare, possible risks should be thoroughly discussed you’re your physician prior to surgery. Occasionally, a second procedure may be necessary if an ear begins to protrude again.
Please note that the results of every procedure will vary from patient to patient. Norwood Day Surgery can neither predict nor guarantee success, please book a consultation to find out if this procedure is right for you.