Am I A Good Candidate for Ear Pinning?

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Am I A Good Candidate for Ear Pinning?

No one should feel self-conscious about their ears, making otoplasty procedures a popular cosmetic procedure for those who have insecurities about their ears. Ear pinning or otoplasty is a procedure that changes the shape and contour of the ears. The surgery is most commonly performed on ears that protrude from the head or that appear too large. During your initial otoplasty consultation, we will look over your medical history, examine your ears, give a detailed explanation of what to expect and also answer any questions you may have. At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, our surgeons have found that, in the majority of cases, clients need surgery on both ears to achieve a more symmetrical and pleasing result. Once the ears have healed, they are in a more

Who is a Candidate?

  • Patients Age 5 or Older. Age 5 is when the auricle has reached 90% adult size.
  • Nonsmokers. Smokers need to hold off nicotine for one month before and after the procedure. Nicotine decreased the blood supply to the skin, which is a very important part of the healing process.
  • Patients in Overall Good Health.
  • Patients Not on Blood Thinners. Or those who have received clearance from their physician to stop taking their blood thinners for one week before surgery.
  • Patients With Realistic Expectations Regarding Otoplasty or the Procedure.
  • Patients Who Can Follow Post-Op Directions. After an otoplasty, you will be in a head wrap for several days and will have limited activity. A child will need to avoid contact sports for a couple of months, so summer vacation works well. Adults would also have to make adjustments at work due to swelling and being on pain medication.

Otoplasty 101

Ear pinning or otoplasty is a procedure that changes the shape and contour of the ears. The surgery is most commonly performed on ears that protrude from the head or that appear too large. At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery, our surgeons have found that, in the majority of cases, clients need surgery on both ears to achieve a more symmetrical and pleasing result. Once the ears have healed, they are in a more normal position that complements the patient’s appearance.

For adults, a typical recovery time off of work is usually around one week. However, more physically demanding jobs may require more time off work or modified responsibilities upon returning to work. Children will need to avoid contact sports for a couple of months following an otoplasty procedure.

 

Boost Your Self-Confidence Today

Have people mocked the shape of your ears for ages? Are you sick and tired of feeling self-conscious about your ears? Then otoplasty might be just the procedure you have been looking for. If you would like to learn more, consider making an appointment with Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Dr. Humphrey and Dr. Deisher would love to help you rebuild your confidence.