Otoplasty is a surgery that is colloquially known as “ear pinning” because, in most cases, this is precisely what occurs during the plastic surgery procedure. Incisions are created so the doctor can reform and suture the cartilage of the ears into a new shape, often closer to the head. An ear reduction may alsobe performed to remove some extraneous tissue from the features. Additionally, there are other minor surgeries of the earlobes that can be created alongside otoplasty or ear reduction surgery. The earlobes can be shortened, piercing holes can be surgically removed, and split lobes due to piercings can be fixed.
Though the ears are situated on the head, they also form a close association with the face. Because of their position, they can draw unwanted attention and cause a person to feel self-conscious. People may shy away from wearing their hair behind their ears or in an updo or short hairstyle.
Issues and Illusions That Can Be Corrected
When a person’s ears protrude from the head to a degree that the patient feels is unattractive or distracting, the face can also appear abnormally thin. Cosmetic ear surgery corrections include repositioning the ears so that they are proportionate with the head. The face and head will no longer appear small in comparison with the ears. Young children are often eligible for this surgery, and can undergo the procedure before teasing from their peers becomes an issue.
Ears positioned farther away from the face can also distort the look of the cheekbones. They may appear flattened due to the height of the protruding ears. When the ears are contoured properly, the cheekbones show off their curvature.
Prominent ears can also take away from the natural beauty of the eyes. The ears may sit along the same focal point of or just below the eyes. During conversation, the eyes play a large role in communication and non-verbal cues. Because others often focus on the eyes, the sight may unintentionally shift to the unusual position of the ears.
Though people most often undergo otoplasty to correct the position of the ears, there are many additional benefits of the surgery. Not only can cruel taunting from children’s peers be avoided and adults’ self-esteem restored, but the surgery can also affect the look of other features on the face. Otoplasty improves one’s overall attractiveness and facial harmony, and it is a simple, minimally invasive procedure to undergo.
Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein has spent over 14 years practicing in the Hudson Valley,specializing in facial plastic surgery, as well as nasal and sinus disorders. The combination of his medical and aesthetic abilities ensures patients feel improvement in both their looks and self-confidence. Dr. Rubinstein is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and is an Assistant Professor at New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Contact the doctor at (845) 863-1772 if you are interested in otoplasty or any other facial plastic surgery the doctor specializes in.