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Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery or ear pinning, is a cosmetic procedure performed to improve the appearance and position of the ears. It is commonly sought by individuals who are unhappy with the size, shape, or prominence of their ears. Otoplasty can address a variety of concerns, including protruding ears, asymmetry, and abnormalities caused by birth defects or trauma. Here is a description of the otoplasty procedure:

  1. Consultation: The process begins with a consultation with a dermatologist specializing in otoplasty. During this consultation, the surgeon will evaluate the patient’s ears, discuss their goals and expectations, and determine the most appropriate surgical approach.

  2. Anesthesia: Otoplasty can be performed using local anesthesia, which numbs the area.

  3. Incisions and Reshaping: The surgeon will make discreet incisions behind the ears or within the natural creases of the ears, depending on the desired correction. Through these incisions, the surgeon will reshape the cartilage and adjust the position of the ears to achieve a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing appearance. Excess skin or cartilage may be removed if necessary.

  4. Suturing: The surgeon will use fine, dissolvable sutures to secure the newly shaped cartilage in place. These sutures are typically hidden within the natural contours of the ears, minimizing visible scarring. The surgeon may also use non-removable sutures to strengthen and support the cartilage.

  5. Recovery and Aftercare: Following the procedure, the patient will be provided with post-operative instructions to facilitate proper healing. It is important to keep the surgical site clean, apply prescribed ointments or dressings, and avoid any activities that may put stress on the ears. A protective headband or dressing may be recommended to be worn for a few weeks to protect the ears during the initial healing period.

  6. Results: The final results of otoplasty become apparent as the swelling subsides and the ears heal. Patients typically notice a significant improvement in the shape, position, and symmetry of their ears. The results are long-lasting, and the corrected ears will maintain their new appearance over time.

It’s important to note that otoplasty is a highly individualized procedure, and the specifics may vary based on the patient’s unique needs and the surgeon’s techniques. Therefore, it is advisable to consult with a dermatologist to discuss the procedure in detail, understand the potential risks and benefits, and determine if otoplasty is the right option for you.

As experts in cosmetic dermatology, we invite patients from Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, Pittsboro, Mebane, Durham, Burlington, Cary, and surrounding cities, to schedule a consultation for otoplasty with us today. Once you arrive, a member of our dermatology team will discuss with you your goals and help structure a plan. You can self-schedule here or contact us by phone and we will help you find a convenient appointment.

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