Protruding ears can be a distracting feature that plague kids and adults alike. Anyone who grew up with bigger ears knows how cruel others can be when you have a feature that “sticks out.” To achieve better balance of all the facial features, plastic surgery can be performed to bring the ears closer to the head. Dr. Daniel Del Vecchio at Uptown Body Contouring offers otoplasty, or ear pinning surgery, to create a balanced ear size for our patients in NYC.
A small difference in ear projection can make a big difference in appearance. It only takes a fraction of an inch of extra protrusion to make the ears look larger or out of place. Otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure to bring the upper ear closer to the head. This is often called ear pinning, but it involves more than just using sutures to pull the ears in toward the head. Skin and cartilage may be removed to allow the ears to lay flatter and then sutured in place. The procedure is performed as an outpatient surgery and often the patient only requires local anesthesia.
Reducing Protruding Ears
Otoplasty is one of the few cosmetic surgeries that is routinely performed on children, teens and young adults. While protruding ears do not impact the health or hearing, it is a very noticeable trait that can make young people self-conscious of their appearance. The procedure can be performed in about an hour, and recovery is typically about 2-3 weeks after surgery.
For kids, teens and young adults, otoplasty-ear pinning plastic surgery can be a life-changing experience. Individuals who tried to hide their ears under hats and hair now can enjoy the freedom to be themselves. It is worth the confidence gained to make this small, but impactful, feature adjustment.
To learn more about otoplasty and whether it is right for you or your child, contact us at Uptown Body Contouring in Manhattan to schedule your appointment. We can schedule an informative consultation with our board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Daniel Del Vecchio.