What is Otoplasty?

If your ears are large, protruding or misshapen, you may be familiar with the confidence problems they can cause. Protruding ears can be a source of embarrassment and self-consciousness for the people who have them. Fortunately, if your ears have always been a concern for you, an otoplasty procedure may be able to help you. Otoplasty is plastic surgery of the ear designed to reposition the ear to look more natural and visually appealing. As such, it can be done to change the size, shape or proportion of the ears. The procedure can be either unilateral (performed on one ear) or bilateral (performed on both ears). This surgery can be beneficial in correcting a number of issues with one’s ears.

What is Ear Pinning?

Ear pinning is a procedure done to make protruding ears lie closer to the head. It can be performed on both adults and children. Adults will undergo twilight anesthesia, while children will receive the surgery with general anesthesia.

Just as no two people are exactly alike, each otoplasty procedure will be personalized to meet your specific needs. During your consultation, we will discuss your questions and concerns with you and let you know what you can expect with the procedure.

Who Can Receive Otoplasty?

Almost anyone in generally good health who is unhappy with the size, shape or position of their ears can undergo otoplasty to improve their appearance. Children can receive the procedure when their ears are or close to fully grown, which usually happens around the age of six. We often recommend that children undergo the procedure before the school year starts.

What are the Benefits of Otoplasty?

An otoplasty procedure comes with many benefits. The first and most obvious benefit is that the procedure can help you regain your self-confidence. Even people who stay in shape and are happy with every other part of their body can be constantly aware of their ears. The problem can sometimes even be so severe that it interferes with one’s quality of life, and he or she may go great lengths just to keep other people from seeing their ears. After undergoing this procedure, you will never have to feel self-conscious about the shape of your ears again. In addition, this is such a simple and commonly performed procedure that it has an extremely high rate of success.

Learn More About Otoplasty

If you are self-conscious about your ears, consider discussing your concerns with our board-certified surgeon, Dr. Kaniff, during your consultation at our office in Sacramento. Join the many patients in Sacramento and surrounding areas who enjoy amazing results when they put their care into the trusted hands of our plastic surgeon at Kaniff Cosmetic Medical Center. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn more about how otoplasty can help you.

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