Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is a type of cosmetic plastic surgery procedure aimed at setting prominent ears closer to the head, or reducing the size of larger ears. However, there are other ear problems that can be helped with this surgery. Surgeons can even build new ears for those who were born without them or who lost them through injury.
The operation is usually done on children between the ages of 5 and 6; however, ear surgery for adults does occur.
Possible complications associated with ear pinning may include:
Blood clots on the ears
Infection in the cartilage, which can cause scar tissue to form
Recurrence of the prominent ears
Although each procedure varies, generally, ear pinning surgeries alter the cartilage just behind the ear. In some cases, cartilage and skin might be removed. In other cases, stitches are used to hold the cartilage permanently in place.
Surgeon's office-based surgical facility
Outpatient surgery center
General anesthesia for children
Local anesthesia, combined with a sedative (allows the patient to remain awake but relaxed) for adults
Several hours or longer
Throbbing in the ears
Aching or mild discomfort
You may not be able to sleep on your side so that you won't put pressure on your ears. You may need to wear a headband for several weeks.