For some people, their ears are a big issue. Maybe you feel that your ears stick out too far or your earlobes are too big. Perhaps your upper and lower ears are disproportionate or you’ve always worn your hair a certain way to hide what you feel are embarrassingly large ears. With ear pinback surgery, there is a simple and elegant solution.
Ear pinback surgery, or otoplasty, is one of the few cosmetic surgeries that can be performed on patients of any age or gender, though Dr. Rodgers does not advise it for anyone younger than 7¬–8 years because the ear has not yet fully developed. Additionally, our office follows a strict policy of only moving forward with this surgery on children who have been actively involved in the decision themselves.
This procedure is relatively simple and involves remolding and repositioning the cartilage in the ear to create a subtler, more balanced look. As a result, children who had been teased can grow up without further worry and adults who have been self-conscious for years can step out confidently and freely explore new hair and jewelry styles.
At a Glance
|Procedure||Typically performed under general anesthesia, the procedure takes approximately 2–3 hours. Process involves sculpting or bending the cartilage behind the ear to pull the ear closer in to the head.|
|Benefits||Ears with a lower profile and a less prominent appearance.|
|Recovery time||Discomfort may last a couple days and most patients can return to regular activities within a few days to a week. Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activities and contact sports for 2–3 months because the ears may shift back if hit.|
|Potential risks||Infection; bleeding; scarring.|
|Tips||Patients are encouraged to take a week off, as they may be required to wear surgical dressing.|
As with all surgeries, there are certain risks involved. That’s why Dr. Rodgers will be sure to discuss your procedure in detail—describing the realistic potential results and any possible risks—during your initial consultation. Dr. Rodgers performs all surgeries in the safety of a hospital and hand selects board-certified anesthesiologists to provide the best possible care.