Otoplasty is also known as ear pinning. It secures the ears closer to the sides of the head to reduce the appearace of “big” ears. Repositioning the ears makes them appear more proportional with the rest of the face and head.
Other ear deformities can also be treated with surgery. Sometimes the ear is pointed, or buried under the skin (cryptotia).
Local anesthesia only, twilight, or general
The ears are wrapped up and protected for the first several days after surgery. No heavy lifting or exercise for 4 weeks allows swelling to subside more quickly. Most can return to work a few days after surgery.
No. Incisions are hidden on the back-side of the ear.
Some are born with ears that protrude more than average. Many people who come for otoplasty have been thinking about it for a long time, and have long hair to hide their ears. Otoplasty can make protruding ears more proportional, or correct congenital ear deformities. The best way to understand the possibilities is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Yao so that she can assess your anatomy.