Otoplasty, or ear surgery, is a procedure that can help improve the appearance of your ears by reshaping them. Usually, the ears are made to lay more naturally against the head, creating an improved configuration.
What are Prominent Ears?
Prominent ears is a generic term used to refer to various cosmetic issues that affect the ears. For example, from the front view of a patient’s head, the ears may point outward. From the profile, only the edge of the ear may be visible instead of the full side of the ear. From the rear, the ears may look as if they are rotating forward and a large portion of the back of the ear may be visible. All of those descriptors are ear positions that can be corrected through this surgery.
Why Do People Choose to Correct Prominent Ears?
The ears are a more defining part of your overall appearance than many people realize. Similarly to the nose, mouth, and eyes, your ears affect your facial beauty. The entire shape of your face is transformed by the position of your ears. When your ears draw so much attention that they become the focus of your face, it is understandable to want to correct their look. The ability to have the ears rotated farther against the head can enhance your natural beauty and make you feel more confident.
What is Ear Pinning?
Ear pinning is the layman’s term for otoplasty. It is important to note that no pins are actually used in the surgery.
What is the Age Requirement for Ear Surgery?
The ear should be fully developed before any surgery is attempted. People’s ears reach their ideal size around the age of five. Consequently, that is also the age children begin to tease one other. If you are a parent who has a concern about your child’s prominent ears, please feel free to contact our office and inquire about ear surgery.
What Happens During Otoplasty?
There are two main concerns addressed during ear surgery. The first is whether the base of the ear, or concha, is enlarged. If so, it can be reduced and made to lay more flush to the head. The second issue deals with the delicate folds of the ears. For example, the surgeon checks to see if the anti-helical fold of the ear is absent or weak. If such is found to be the case, it can be folded back to improve its shape.