Ear Pinning

shutterstock_134071889WHAT IS OTOPLASTY?

Otoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to alter the shape, position or size of the ears.  Also known as “ear pinning” or “ear shaping”, otoplasty can correct ears that appear to stick out, are too big, or are misshapen from birth or as the result of an injury.

Generally, protruding ears are caused by three different, easily correctable factors: first, the angle of the ear from the side of the head is larger than 35 degrees (the typical angle for the ear is 20-25 degrees); second, the pinna (outer ear) has too much cartilage, causing it to protrude too far; and third, the ridge of cartilage at the top of the ear does not fold in toward the head but instead sticks outwards.  Otoplasty can bring a new balance and proportion to the ears and to the entire face, and have a profound effect on your appearance and self-esteem.
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Because the shape and size of the ears can have a dramatic impact on the appearance of the whole face, otoplasty should only be performed by an experienced Board Certified plastic surgeon with extensive knowledge of the intricacies of facial structures and the impact that a change in one area can have on other areas.  You will find such a physician in our board certified plastic surgeons at Tribeca Medaesthetics, a state-of-the-art facility located in Miami Beach, Florida. Our board certified plastic surgeons have in-depth knowledge of all types of facial cosmetic surgeries, and takes pride in helping his patients enhance the balance, proportion, and overall aesthetic appearance of their faces.


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Otoplasty can be performed as an outpatient surgery under general anesthesia, usually aided by a local anesthesia as well.  During the procedure, small incisions are generally made on the back surface of the ear to minimize visible scarring.  When incisions are required on the front of the ear, they will be placed within the ear folds, again to minimize scarring.  The cartilage is molded into the correct shape, and internal, non-removable sutures are used to secure and hold the newly-shaped cartilage.  Finally, the incisions are closed with external stitches.  The placement of the external stitches is carefully planned in advance of the surgery to ensure that they do not distort other features of the face or create an unnatural “pulled back” shape.  These decisions are made on an individualized basis so that the natural appearance and unique shape of each face is preserved.


Otoplasty is a safe outpatient procedure, but does require a careful recovery time.  After the procedure, the surgical site will be covered with bandages and/or dressings, and it is important to ensure that these bandages remain in place as long as your surgeon requires.  This will keep the surgical site clean, protect it from damage, and maintain the corrected position of the ear during the healing process.  The surgical incisions must not be subjected to any excessive motion, force, or abrasion, which could dislodge the new position of the ear and require future corrective surgery.  Patients will notice post-operative bruising and swelling, but this will typically disappear within 2-3 weeks.  Patients can usually return to work within a week of the procedure, and resume their normal exercise routine within about 3 weeks, or as directed by our board certified plastic surgeons.


At Tribeca Medaesthetics, our surgeons and staff pride ourselves on keeping up-to-date on the latest technological advances in the field of cosmetic facial surgery, and our skillful surgeons employ these cutting edge techniques to ensure safe procedures and beautifully natural-looking results.  Our board certified plastic surgeons at Tribeca Medaesthetics believe that having well-informed patients is vital to the success of every otoplasty procedure, and will take the time to thoroughly and patiently review all of your options and procedural details. As with any form of surgery, there are potential risks related to otoplasty, but your safety is our first priority, and we will take great care to minimize any potential complications during and after your surgery.

If you are dissatisfied with the shape or size of your ears, or if you have additional questions about otoplasty, please contact our office today.  We look forward to speaking with you, and to setting up your initial consultation with our board certified plastic surgeons.

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