What is Otoplasty?
Also called otoplasty, or "ear pinning", this surgery is generally done to reposition protruding ears more closely to the head. Protruding ears can cause emotional distress for patients and family, and results of this surgery can be very gratifying. Usually, the ear cartilage is sculpted to create more natural curves, in addition to repositioning the ear as a whole. The procedure can be performed in children from age five, as well as in adults. The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation, or in a nearby outpatient facility. Patients generally return home immediately after surgery, and recovery is approximately one week.