Pinnaplasty (Ear Pinning)
One of the most common problems encountered during childhood and adolescent years is prominent ears, or ears that protrude from the sides of the face. The corrective procedure for this, Pinnaplasty, is one of the only procedures in the cosmetic class that can be performed on adults as well as children (over the age of 5, when ear growth is complete.) Having prominent or protruding ears can often cause social difficulties for children and even adults.
During the procedure, an incision is made in back of the ear, and the cartilage is reshaped to make the appearance of the ears as natural as possible. In some cases, cartilage is removed and in other cases the cartilage is pinned back.
The procedure lasts approximately 1 hour and can be done under local or general anesthesia. There is some post-operative tenderness and swelling. The patient is fitted with a dressing that is kept on for 5-7 days, and also given an elastic headband which is worn during sleep for 2-3 weeks after the procedure. That patient may return to work and normal daily activities after 5-7 days.