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Most people who are upset because their ears are too big are wrong. The problem usually isn’t that their ears are too big, but just that they stick out. In most cases, pinning them back alongside the head solves the problem completely. It is a problem, especially for children. Ears that stick out make kids easy targets for teasing, jokes and derogatory nicknames.

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What is Otoplasty?

Ear pinning, or Otoplasty, is a procedure commonly used by plastic surgery professionals to correct ears that appear to be too big or stick out, potentially helping patients with this issue to overcome their self-consciousness about this aspect of their appearance.

The sooner in life this problem is corrected, the better. It can be done as early as the age of four or five for children and at any time for adults. At Personique®, our experts have years of experience performing Otoplasty ear pinning procedures for a variety of clients in our Austin-area locations. As per our signature practice of putting the client first, Personique® plastic surgeons and aestheticians will meet with you first to discuss in a consultation what you hope to achieve through this procedure. Then, we will develop a personalized course of action based on your individual beauty goals.

How is Ear Pinning Surgery Performed?

Though there are several different approaches to this procedure, the most common one involves reshaping or removing some of the cartilage behind the ear. This is achieved via minimal incision by surgically opening the back of the ear, then either removing some cartilage or folding it on to itself and suturing the reshaped cartilage and skin back together. This process pulls the ear back so that it appears to lay flat against the head. Since the incision and reshaping is all done on the back of the ear, any scars are typically minimal and can usually be hidden in the creases of the cartilage. Like all of the treatments performed by our seasoned professionals at Personique®, the procedure is intended to create natural results that help to restore your self confidence, not look like you have had any ‘work’ done.

Recovery After Otoplasty

For most clients, the procedure takes about one hour. After surgery, the ears are covered with a dressing to prevent infection and irritation. Any mild discomfort the client may experience can usually be controlled by medication. The dressing is taken off within a couple of days in most cases, though some patients choose to wear a light dressing on their head during sleep for a few weeks, to prevent any irritation while laying on the ears and/or moving involuntarily during the night. Most patients are up and around and able to return to regular daily activities in a day or two after undergoing Otoplasty surgery.

When Will I see Results?

The ear pinning procedure offers immediate, dramatic results that will last a lifetime. Otoplasty is a great example of a plastic surgery endeavor that can produce ever-important positive psychological benefits. If you (or your child) have experienced self-consciousness or embarrassment over the prominence of ears that stick out, consider Personique® for your Otoplasty consultation today. Let our Austin experts help you feel confident and radiant again!

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