Ears that stick out or seem too large can be distracting. From an early age, kids may be teased due to protruding ears, affecting their self-confidence. Individuals of all ages may be displeased with their ear appearance and desire to have their ears reshaped. Otoplasty, or ear pinning, is a type of ear plastic surgery we offer at London BBL Surgery and Body Contouring to reshape or minimize protruding ears.
The ears can appear too large for various reasons. In some cases, the upper portion of the ear is larger and seems out of balance with the head and other facial features. More commonly, the ear is the right size, but it protrudes too far from the head. A tiny amount of extra cartilage, just a millimeter or two, can allow the ears to stick out noticeably from the head. Otoplasty, or ear pinning, can be used to bring the ears closer to the head to achieve a more balanced ear appearance.
Ear Plastic Surgery
Many ear pinning surgeries can be performed with minimal anesthesia. If the ears only slightly protrude, a few sutures can bring them closer to the scalp for a more aesthetic result. When the ears protrude farther, cartilage may need to be removed before pinning can be performed. During otoplasty, a small wedge of cartilage can be removed from behind the upper ear to allow the ear to be moved closer to the head.
Dr. Daniel Del Vecchio is a board certified and seasoned plastic surgeon with decades of experience. His artistry and skills are evident in all his surgical outcomes, including ear plastic surgery. If you or your child needs otoplasty, you can trust his expertise to create natural, beautiful results.
Otoplasty is one of the few plastic surgery procedures that is performed on children. Parents may choose to have their child’s ears pinned or reduced once they are fully formed, usually around age five or six. However, teens and adults can also benefit from otoplasty. If you are interested in ear plastic surgery, contact us at London BBL Surgery and Body Contouring. We can schedule an otoplasty consultation with Dr. Del Vecchio.