Commonly referred to as ear surgery or ear pinning, otoplasty is performed to correct the size, shape, and/or placement of an individual’s ears. While otoplasty is most commonly performed for children between the ages of four and 14, many adults are also attracted to the appearance-enhancing capabilities of this procedure. However, Dr. Aric Eckhardt recommends that children be seen as early as possible to prevent the ridicule and teasing that are common among young children.
During otoplasty surgery, excess cartilage and skin are removed, and the remainder is trimmed to create a more desirable shape. If the patient’s ears protrude too far from his or her head, the ears are also pinned with sutures. Patients can expect to experience varying levels of discomfort, but this can be treated with pain medication and will naturally subside within a few weeks.
At your initial consultation, Dr. Aric Eckhardt will discuss treatment options with you and your child. Most patients receive general anesthesia for this procedure, so that they sleep throughout the operation. Older patients, however, may prefer local anesthesia combined with a sedative. The procedure lasts approximately two to three hours, depending on the individual. After the procedure, you or your child will enjoy the normalcy of proportionate ears.
Contact Dr. Aric Eckhardt today to discuss your options for otoplasty surgery at 309-764-4650!