Otoplasty - Ear Pinning
The ear is an organ that reaches its full size early in life. As children develop their body image, they become aware of their protruding ears and if they are ever teased about it, they rarely forget it.

Surgery is frequently done on children, but we have a large number of young adults and grown up adults that request correction. When I look at the protruding ear, there are three features to evaluate.

1. Proper folding of the ear cartilage.
2. Cupping of the ear.
3. The amount of separation of the ear from the skull.

Based on my analysis, a correction will be planned.

It takes around 45 minutes to correct each ear and it is done under local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia based on patient wishes and age.

A fluffy bandage is placed for 24 to 48 hours and later on a tennis band or a scarf is needed for few days to protect the ear and then at night only for two months.

The results are visible immediately, but the ear may remain sensitive for a couple of months. There is rarely any significant amount of pain.


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