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Otoplasty (Ear Pinning)
Dr. JP Farkas:

A common operation inquired about here, Farkas Plastic Surgery is called otoplasty or ear pinning. So this has to do when you have excess consul bowl fullness or when your ears are sticking too far away from your head and involves removing some of that cartilage to be able to bring your ears closer to your scalp.

It's important that your ear shape maintains its exact same contour and proportions for pre and postoperatively. And there also can be different changes involved in your otoplasty procedure if there is some peaking to the cartilage, which happens to cause, what is it, elf deformity or can have more of a telephone appearance to be able to improve with otoplasty.

So this is something that we can discuss here at your consultation to see what is best for you to be able to reshape the prominent ear deformity that you may have.
Otoplasty is a general term for surgical correction of the prominent ear. Over projecting or prominent ears are significant congenital ear deformities that are a source of teasing and social embarrassment for a young child. The prominent ear can be present at birth. There can be multiple components to the prominent ear, including effacement of the upper fold of the ear, enlargement of the conchal bowl, or a combination of the two. Prominence can be mistaken for cupping or construction of the ear, which may require a different operation for correction. In order to correct the prominent ear, the cause of the prominence should be identified and addressed. The operation can be performed at the earliest at four years of age. Otoplasty can be performed at any point after this age. The otoplasty operation usually takes under two hours and is an outpatient operation/procedure. The ear prominence is corrected through an incision in the back of the ear, which enables folding, suturing and reducing the ear prominence. The sutures are internal and usually a simple headband dressing is all that is needed. Scarring is usually minimal and the most common risk is partial recurrence of the prominence. An otoplasty consultation with photographs is an important component to proceeding with an otoplasty, or ear pinning, which can be done in Dr. Farkas' office.