If your prominent ears are making you feel distressed, you can reshape them and regain your confidence with ear surgery. Otoplasty or ear pinning surgery is the procedure that is done to correct prominent ears. However, depending on the components that need to be addressed, treatment may need to be customized. So how many variations of ear surgery are available for protruding ears? Let’s take a look.
What is otoplasty?
Otoplasty is a procedure that is performed to alter the position, size, and shape of the ears. By the time a child gets to the age of 5, the ears typically reach their full size, so it’s not uncommon for ear surgery to be done on very young children. This may become necessary, because some kids and teens with prominent ears are often subjected to cruel teasing and taunts by their peers (learn more).
Variations of ear surgery
There are several techniques that can be used to perform ear surgery, basic approaches include:
- Placing cuts in the cartilage – this is done to create an antihelical fold when the existing one is underdeveloped.
- Cartilage excision – This variation is used when the problem is due to excess concha (middle part of the ear).
- Suture techniques – These may be used to fix ear lobes that stick out too much, or may be used in combination with other procedures.
Reshaping and repositioning the cartilage is also often a big part of otoplasty.
Contact Song Plastic Surgery in Irvine, CA to find out more about the variations of ear surgery available for protruding ears. Call (949) 701-4454 to set up a consultation with Kyle Song, MD. During consultation Dr. Song will undertake a proper analysis of your ears, before making the most suitable recommendation for you.