Ear Pinning or Otoplasty means to reshape or reform the ear. The most common condition that warrants an Otoplasty is the prominent ear even though other ear malformations exist. The prominent ear protrudes or sticks out too far from the head. Through an incision made on the back of the ear, cartilage removal and reshaping can be performed to restore normal ear shape. Otoplasty is commonly done on children once the ear is fully developed (ages 4-6). However, it is also performed on adults. When the procedure is done on children general anesthesia is used. When the procedure is done on adults sedation and local aesthesia is used. The ears are usually bandaged for 10 to 14 days, and while asleep a headband is used for up to 2 months. This procedure can be done on one or both ears, as needed.
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