Some people feel that their ears stick out too much, they’re too prominent, and this can cause embarrassment and distress. But there is a simple solution that is performed every day around the world to correct this situation. Otoplasty, an aesthetic surgery on the ears, also known as “pinning the ears back,” changes the shape, position or size of the ears. It is considered a safe and successful procedure with high satisfaction rates.
About 5 percent of the general population are born with protruding ears, which means that they don’t naturally fold fully backward. This occurs randomly, sometimes running in families, but in general, having ears that stick out too much does not generally affect a person’s hearing. But it can affect how you view yourself. (Some people with protruding ears experience more severe medical conditions too.)
Dr. Farias is an expert at helping people get the look they’ve always wanted. During an Otoplasty procedure he corrects protruding ears via a small incision behind the ear in the natural crease where the ear meets the head. He sculpts the cartilage to the preferred shaped and then places permanent sutures into the folds in the front and back of ear allowing them to fully fold backward.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Otoplasty procedures normally last around about one to two hours and are performed as outpatient surgery with local anesthesia.
There is normally a thin scar behind the ear and out of view, along the natural crease where the ear meets the head. The scar will fade over time until it becomes, in most cases, barely noticeable.
After the procedure, patients will need bandages over their ears for several days. While the bandages are in place, you will not be able to wash your hair. After removing the bandages, a loose but supportive headband is sometimes worn over the ears at night to remove tension from the ears while they fully heal.
Most patients return to school or work within a week of surgery. Regular activity and exercise can restart within 2 weeks.