Some individuals are born with ears that stick out to an abnormal degree, oversized ears, or misshapen ears. Often times individuals are prone to teasing and self-esteem issues as a result. Children and adults can suffer from this. Thankfully an otoplasty can bring a patient’s ears into proper proportion with the rest of their face. The ear repositioning surgery procedure is used to bring a person’s ears in closer to their head. Usually the ear cartilage is sculpted to create more natural curves, in addition to repositioning the ears as a whole. The procedure can be performed in children as well as in adults.
Most ear pinning patients are children between the ages of four and fourteen. Ears are almost fully grown by age four, and the earlier the surgery, the less teasing and ridicule the child will have to endure. Ear surgery for adults is also possible, and there are generally no additional risks associated with ear surgery on an older patient.
Dr Mirmanesh makes a small incision in the back of the ear to expose the cartilage. Then he sculpts the cartilage and bends it back toward the head. Stitches may be used to help maintain the new shape as well as close the incision. Occasionally, a larger piece of cartilage may be removed, which will provide a more natural-looking fold when surgery is complete.
Dr Mirmanesh founded Oto angels in 2019, a non-profit organization, providing free ear reshaping and pinning surgery for children and young adults born with prominent ears. For those interested in finding out more about Oto angels and if you are a candidate, please visit otoangels.com