Otoplasty, Ear Pinning
Ears come in all shapes and sizes, including those that tend to protrude out farther from the head. Ears that stick out from the head can be distracting and create imbalance between the ears and other facial features. Otoplasty, or ear pinning, is a cosmetic procedure where the ears are brought closer to the head to balance the ears with the other facial features. Dr. Aleksandr Shteynberg at Vantage Plastic Surgery offers otoplasty for protruding ear correction at our clinics in NYC.
Protruding ears are a genetic trait and not avoidable, but they can be altered with plastic surgery. While ears that stick out do not pose a health problem, they are a cosmetic concern. Children with extended ears may be teased for their appearance, causing emotional trauma and self-confidence issues. Otoplasty can be performed on children once the ears are fully formed, around age five or six, or anyone who wants to improve their ear appearance.
Protruding Ear Correction
Otoplasty, or ear pinning surgery, at Vantage Plastic Surgery is tailored to the patient. Dr. Aleksandr Shteynberg is a double board certified plastic surgeon that customizes each procedure to the needs of the patient. In some cases, the ears are simply pulled closer to the head and sutured in place to flatten their appearance. Other patients may have excessive cartilage behind the ears that needs to be removed to bring the ears in. Dr. Shteynberg will perform an exam to determine the best option for protruding ear correction. Some patients may also desire ear reshaping in combination with their ear pinning surgery for ears that are misshapen or too large.
Reducing the projection of the ears can make a significant difference to the overall appearance of the face and head. This is an elective procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis for children or adults. Once the sutures or incisions are healed, the scars are almost invisible, and the results are permanent.
If you or your child has protruding ears that you want corrected, contact us at Vantage Plastic Surgery to schedule your appointment at our clinics in UES Manhattan or in Brooklyn. We can schedule a consultation with Dr. Shteynberg to discuss otoplasty, or ear pinning, and what to expect.