Ear Pinning Phoenix
Otoplasty, also known as ear-pinning, is an outpatient procedure that can reshape, resize or move the ears closer to the head. Our board certified plastic surgeons here at North Valley Plastic Surgery have done hundreds of otoplasty procedures. This procedure is usually done under general anesthesia; although, “twilight” intravenous sedation can be used.
What to Expect During the Procedure
The incision is located in the fold of the ear where it meets the head. The necessary skin and cartilage will be removed to create the desired shape and size. The cartilages are modified by scraping them (to promote growth in a desired area) and by suturing them to change their shapes and angles. Dissolvable sutures will secure the ear into position.
If the surgeon is not going to remove any cartilage, the ear will be reshaped and the cartilages sutured into place in a very precise fashion that is custom tailored to one’s individual needs.
With the scar located in the natural fold of the ear, it will be difficult to see.
What to Expect During the Recovery Period
Post-operatively, it is advised to sleep on one’s back because there cannot be any pressure placed on the ears for at least one week. The head needs to be elevated for two weeks. A head wrap is provided that will cover the ears for protection during the recovery process. The head wrap is then replaced with an elastic head band that should be worn on a constant basis for the next two weeks including when at home and at sleep.
A follow-up appointment at North Valley Plastic Surgery will be scheduled for five to seven days after surgery.
As in all cosmetic surgery procedures, it is possible that a revision will be necessary at a later date.