You may want every feature of your face to be proportionate and harmonious. Or you may have a deformity that you were born with or caused by an injury. If this is the case, you may consider Otoplasty (ear surgery) in Salt Lake City, or commonly called ear pinning.
What is an Otoplasty?
An otoplasty, or ear surgery, is an aesthetic procedure to improve the appearance of the position, proportion or shape of the ear. Whether your ears protrude more than you may like or you need earlobe repair, otoplasty may be right for you.
Who is a Candidate for Ear Pinning?
Almost any healthy individual can be a candidate for ear surgery. This procedure may be performed if protruding or unproportioned ears bother you or your child’s self-esteem. Generally, parents should wait until a child is about 5 years-old or old enough where the ears are fully developed. Otoplasty is a personalized procedure tailored to each individual’s needs.
What to Expect
Ear pinning has several surgical techniques to improve the appearance based on the patient’s desires. In most cases, incisions for otoplasty are made in the natural crease of the back of the ear. If incisions are necessary in the front of the ear, Dr. Howland makes the incisions inside the ear in inconspicuous areas. The ear is reshaped with sutures and the healing process will begin.
Otoplasty (Ear Surgery) Results
Otoplasty results are immediate and relatively permanent. There is no apparent scarring since the incisions are hidden. Recovery from ear pinning is relatively simple with initial process of healing and the new shape of the ear is supported.
If you are looking for a correction in ear deformity or an improvement of the proportion of your ears, contact Dr. Howland today to schedule your consultation.
Frequently Asked Quesitons
Will my insurance cover otoplasty?
Typically, no, health insurance does not cover the costs of elective surgery, including ear pinning surgery.
Why would you need ear surgery?
Ear surgery for cosmetic purposes are done when people are not happy with the shape, size, or protrusion of their ears.
Why do my ears stick out?
The unique way each persons genetic code is wired dictates the distribution and amount of cartilage that goes into producing an external ear.
What should I do after ear surgery?
Following ear surgery, you should protect your ears from too much pressure by sleeping on your back for several weeks and keeping your head elevated to reduce swelling.
What kind of doctor does ear surgery?
ENTs, or ear, nose, and throat specialists, as well as board-certified plastic surgeons can perform otoplasties.
What is ear surgery called?
Ear surgery is medically known as otoplasty.
Is otoplasty permanent?
In general, yes, you can expect the results of an otoplasty to be very long lasting, as the ears do not grow or change shape until late in the aging process.
Is otoplasty a safe procedure?
Yes, Dr. Howland performs otoplasties with a few incisions hidden within the natural folds behind the ear or within the ear if needed. It can be done without needing to go under general anesthesia in some cases, making it a minimally invasive and safe procedure.
How long is otoplasty surgery?
Most otoplasties take between one and two hours depending on the extent of change desired in ear shape.
How long does it take to recover from ear surgery?
To fully heal from an otoplasty, you will likely need at least 4-6 weeks of healing and restrictions on certain activities before resuming a normal routine. Most people return to work within a week.