Ear Pinning

When people have prominent ears, their self-esteem is often negatively affected. Children and adults whose ears are very large or protrude on one or both sides of their face may consider otoplasty, which is also known as ear pinning surgery. Patients may also elect to undergo otoplasty if their ears have an unusual or undesirable shape.

What is ear pinning?

Cosmetic otoplasty is a surgical procedure used to correct deformed or protruding ears. Dr. Motakis expertly performs ear pinning surgery to create ears with normal folds that have an acceptable level of protrusion on each side of the head. The procedure can also reduce large or stretched earlobes as well as large creases and wrinkles in the ear. Dr. Motakis strives to correct both major and minor deformities by creating a natural ear shape, position and proportions.

Who is a good candidate for otoplasty?

If you have protruding or misshapen ears, ear pinning surgery may be the right choice for you. Ear pinning surgery is most frequently performed on children ranging in age between five and fourteen. However, Dr. Motakis does not operate on minors. Why is it recommended to have the procedure at a young age? When ear pinning surgery is performed on young children and adolescents, the cartilage is extremely soft so it can be easily reshaped. While adults can undergo ear pinning surgery, they must have realistic expectations and understanding that the firmer cartilage of their fully-grown ears will not be as easily molded as in children. Adults who elect to have ear pinning surgery should be in good health and have realistic expectations.

The procedure

Depending on the case and your personal preference, Dr. Motakis may perform your ear pinning surgery with local anaesthesia and IV sedation or general anesthesia. The surgery usually lasts between one to two hours, and patients can return home later the same day. To correct protruding ears, Dr. Motakis will use surgical techniques to increase your antithetical fold, located just inside the rim of the ear, and reduce the enlarged conchal cartilage ‘bowl’, the largest, deepest part of your external ear. The ear cartilage may be re-shaped, folded or part of it removed to help create the desired results.

Typically, incisions are made on the back surface of the ear. In rare cases where incisions must be made on the front of the ear, Dr. Motakis makes them within natural folds to minimize visible scarring. Sutures are then used to hold the ear back in its new position, giving your ears a more proportionate, natural appearance.

What is the recovery period from an ear pinning surgery?

You will receive instructions from Dr. Motakis concerning caring for your incisions while you recover from surgery. On average, it takes approximately 1 to 2 weeks for a complete recovery from an ear pinning surgery. Initially, you should expect a few days of minor swelling and bruising with minimal discomfort which is treated with mild analgesics. All sutures used are internal will dissolve on their own over the period of a few weeks. You are required to wear a head dressing that holds the ears in place and reduces swelling for 7days. Therefore, you will likely need approximately one week off from work.

What are the risk factors of ear pinning surgery?

Dr. Motakis makes every effort to execute the procedure in the most meticulous way, however, as with any surgery, minor bleeding, infection, healing complications and changes in sensation are among the risks of otoplasty surgery, although these are extremely rare. The list of all possible risks will be discussed in detail during your consult and pre-operative appointment with Dr Motakis and his team.

Are there any alternatives to surgical an ear pinning surgery?

Currently, no good alternatives exist to ear pinning surgery.

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