Otoplasty, or “Ear Pinning”, is a surgical procedure that corrects prominent ears and reduces ear projection. Most prominent ears have a deep conchal bowl, and a flattened antihelix. Sutures are used to re-created the antihelix and cartilage may be removed from the conchal bowl to bring the ears back. Otoplasty in adults carries a higher chance of recurrence as the cartilage becomes more calcified and stiff. Otoplasty in children is covered by our health insurance.
We use the suture technique (Mustarde sutures) to reshape the ears. The incision is hidden in the back of the ears, meticulous cartilage removal may be necessary in some patients to achieve the right amount of correction.
Otoplasty is a simple cosmetic procedure that has been designed to change the shape, position, or size of the ears. It can correct deformities or reshape the ears for those who are dissatisfied with their appearance.
Otoplasty can improve:
- Overly large ears — a condition known as macrotia.
- Protruding ears occurring on one or both sides.
- Dissatisfaction with previous ear surgery.
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Information provided courtesy of Dr. Diana Forbes.