Otoplasty (Ear Pinning)

Otoplasty is also known as ear pinning.  It is ear surgery that’s purpose is to improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. This cosmetic surgery is extremely popular among adults and children. There are two types of otoplasty. Traditional is also known as ear pinning, where large or protruding ears are pinned back toward’s the patient’s head. The other is Reconstructive, which helps those with sever birth defects that come from child birth or treat cases caused by trauma.

Otoplasty results benefit overall appearance; eliminating protruding, disproportionate, and asymmetrical ears. The procedure takes about two to three hours to perform and result in mild discomfort. If hesitant because of scarring, don’t worry the surgical scars are typically hidden behind the ear or in natural creases of the ear, usually go unnoticed. Patients experience a significant increase in confidence and quality of life after traditional or reconstructive otoplasty.

Otoplasty Candidates

As a body feature that naturally stands out, it’s difficult to keep ears from being seen. Growing long hair, wearing hats, and boycotting earrings can only do so much to diminish their outward appearance. This is why cosmetic ear surgery is a great option for those who are uncomfortable with the shape or size of their ears.

Candidates must be in good health, without active diseases, who don’t have any serious medical conditions or smoke. For children the acceptable age is around five years old, ensuring their ear has fully developed and stable enough to handle correction.

Congenital and Non-Congenital Conditions:

  • Cagot Ear- No earlobe is present
  • Cats Ear- Edges of ear folded forward
  • Cauliflower Ear- Repeated trauma to the ear, cartilage separates from perichondrium and fills with liquid
  • Cleft Earlobe- An indent in the earlobe
  • Constricted Ear- Absence of skin or cartilage on back portion of the ear
  • Cosma Ear- Question mark ear, separation from the skull
  • Cryptoti- Upper portion embedded into scalp
  • Lop Ear- Ear curves inward, similar to a cup
  • Macrotia- Abnormally large ears
  • Microtia- Ears small and underdeveloped
  • Scroll Ear- Ears curl forward, like a rolled up scroll
  • Stahl’s Ear- Folding that creates a pointed edge, resembles an elf’s ear
  • Wildermuth’s Ear- Top curve of ear is reversed, towards head

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Our surgeons along with the supporting staff at the practice provides full support and care for patients right from their initial consultation stage through recovery.

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Otoplasty is a highly individualized procedure. If you or your child are interested, the next step is to consult with our board certified plastic surgeons. The HPCS team of surgeons and our experienced staff ensure that all patients receive excellent care in a comfortable and safe facility. To schedule an appointment for a cosmetic procedure with one of our experienced surgeons, please contact us at 713-791-0700, or click the button below.

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