Children and adults who deal with earlobes that tend to stick out may find themselves embarrassed or self-conscious about their appearance. They may also deal with bullying in school or when around others. The best way to address this concern is with the use of plastic surgery, specifically otoplasty. Otoplasty is an ear surgery that is performed by a plastic surgeon to bring the ears closer to the head to reduce protrusion. Also known as ear pinning, the otoplasty procedure can restore a patient’s confidence and overall look.
What can I expect from the otoplasty procedure?
The otoplasty surgery is performed by our team at Olack Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery over the course of a few hours while the patient is under general anesthesia. The corrective surgery starts with an incision behind the ears before sculpting the cartilage and reshaping the framework of the ear. Excess skin may be removed and the area is sutured with stitches to complete the treatment.
Patients will leave the office with aftercare instructions that they must follow closely to ensure proper healing and recovery. Not following these recommendations can result in complications, including an increased risk of infection. Patients can expect to take some time off of school, work, and other social activities and exercise to facilitate proper healing during this time. A follow-up appointment is made with the doctor, during which the work will be evaluated to check that it is healing as expected.
Who is a good candidate for otoplasty?
At Olack Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we provide Show Low area patients with ear pinning when they are dealing with protrusive earlobes. This surgery can be performed on patients over the age of six. Children will require parental consent to complete this surgery, as it is considered an elective procedure and not a medically-necessary treatment.
Find out if you are a candidate for otoplasty surgery
Call Olack Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of Show Low, AZ to schedule an appointment with our providers and determine if you are a good fit for ear pinning. The office is located at 2450 East Show Low Lake Road, Suite #2A and can be reached by calling (928) 537-6767.