A few hours of surgery can do a lot for a child or a teens’ self esteem if they are having problems with protruding ears, a frequent cause of psychological distress in children. To correct this, incisions are made near the back of the ear so they are not seen. Portions of cartilage are removed and the remainder is re-molded to achieve the desired contour. The otoplasty procedure, also known as “ear pinning” or ear reshaping.
Studies show that many who have this surgery have reported an increase in confidence, do better in school and can help them with social situations.
Risks are unusual, but since both ears are rarely alike, perfect symmetry is not always possible. Infection and bleeding are unusual with this procedure. After surgery, patients can expect to wear a bandage over their ears for approximately 3 to 5 days after surgery.