Otoplasty, also known as ear pinning, is performed to reset more prominent ears closer to the natural position on the head. This ultimately prevents the ears from sticking out. Otoplasty can also be performed to reduce the size of large ears. This procedure can be performed on children starting at the age of four or five when the ears are almost fully grown. It can also be performed on both older children and adults; however, it is preferable to do the surgery at a younger age when the ears are more soft and flexible. Performing the surgery at an early age can also potentially diminish self–esteem issues as a result of bullying and teasing. However, it is important to listen to your child, as they will give important clues as to whether their protruding ears are an issue to them and when the best time to consider otoplasty surgery would be.
This procedure is done under general anaesthetic and takes approximately 1–3 hours to perform. During the surgery, a small incision is made in the back of the ear to expose the cartilage. The cartilage is then resculpted to allow for the ear to bend back toward the head. If necessary, a piece of cartilage will be removed to make sure the most natural appearance is achieved. The incision is made within the natural fold of the ear to conceal the small scar that will fade over time.
To find out if Otoplasty – ear pinning surgery is right for you or your loved one, please contact our knowledgeable staff at our Oakville office, between Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario. If you are ready to schedule for consultation, Dr. Julie Khanna is able to provide her patients with all of the information that they will need to make the most informed decision.