This is a cosmetic surgical procedure performed for protruding or over-developed ears. Protruding or bat ear have a profound psychological effect on the growing child.
Otoplasty is commonly referred to as “Pinning Back" or "ear cosmetic surgery" done in children once their ears have stopped developing, and also in adults. Over-developed ears can be the cause of psychological stress and trauma and should be treated at a young age before it becomes a serious issue. The cartilage framework of the ear is altered to create normal looking ears.
The marks of surgery are hidden behind the ears. An incision is made on the back of the ear in the crease and the cartilage is exposed. The cartilage is modified (excised or reshaped) depending on the preoperative plan. The angle between the ear and the head is reduced and permanent stitches are used to retain the ear in the new position. The incision is closed with stitches under the skin and a fluffy cotton dressing is done. The procedure takes only a couple of hours.
The ears will be bandaged for a few days. Elastic support of the ear has to be worn for 3 weeks after surgery.