Ear Pinning (Otoplasty)
Also known as otoplasty, ear pinning surgery can reshape large or protruding ears. One of the main motivations for seeking ear pinning surgery is to end the teasing children and adults with prominent ears often experience.
Eugene, Oregon plastic surgeon Lee B. Daniel M.D. performs otoplasty surgery to pin back protruding ears. Although otoplasty is typically performed on children, adults can benefit as well.
Who Should Undergo Otoplasty?
Patients who choose otoplasty:
- Are children or adults
- Have fully developed ears (typically occurs after age 4)
- Have protruding, prominent ears that appear out of proportion
During a consultation at our Eugene plastic surgery office, Dr. Daniel can determine if you are a candidate for otoplasty surgery.
How are the Ears Pinned Back?
To reposition the ears, Dr. Daniel makes an incision in the back of the ear to expose the cartilage. The cartilage is sculpted or folded as needed, and the final shape is secured with permanent stitches. In some cases, cartilage may be removed to give the ear a natural-looking fold. The ears will then appear closer to the head and more symmetrical with respect to the rest of the face.
Otoplasty can be performed using local or general anesthesia. In many cases, children receive a general anesthetic to sleep through the 2-3 hour long procedure. Older children and adults commonly receive local anesthesia in combination with a sedative and remain awake during the procedure.
After surgery is complete, protruding ears are positioned closer to the head, which helps resolve the distracting appearance that leads to teasing by a child's peers.
After Your Ear Surgery
During recovery from ear surgery, you should limit activities in which the ears may be accidentally bent or moved. Bandages are placed around the head to hold the ears in their new position, and are switched out for a light head dressing after a few days.
Most children can return to school after one week, and adults may return to work within five days. Be sure to consult with your plastic surgeon, however, for details specific to your surgery. Results are immediately evident once bandages are removed.
Learn More about Ear Surgery
If you're considering ear surgery, send us an email or call us at Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at 541-687-8900 if you are curious about the benefits and risks of ear pinning surgery in Eugene, Oregon. Dr. Lee B. Daniel can answer questions about otoplasty and provide the best care possible. We regularly consult with patients outside of Eugene in cities such as Springfield, Corvallis and Portland, Oregon.