While the American Society of Plastic Surgeons ranks otoplasty (ear refinement surgery or ear pinning) as one of the most common plastic surgery procedures for kids, there are plenty of good reasons adult men and women seek ear surgery, as well. The important thing to know is that it is never “too late” to request an otoplasty. Adults commonly undergo correction of prominent ears with great results.
According to Dr. Tanya Atagi of Atagi Plastic Surgery & Atagi Skin Aesthetics, children as well as men and women of all ages seek otoplasty for a number of reasons. Perhaps the most common procedure, ear pinning, corrects protruding ears which are usually the result of excessive or stiff ear cartilage or an anomaly in the normal contours of ear framework.
The ears are an important component to facial balance. Regardless of the patient’s specific reason for ear refinement surgery, Dr. Atagi’s goal is always to create a natural look that enhances the beauty and symmetry of the face. She has found that a large percentage of patients report an increase in self esteem and confidence after ear surgery.
Otoplasty will not affect or alter hearing in any way, as it involves the outer ear. Dr. Atagi usually performs the procedure in less than two hours with scars that are well hidden within and behind the folds of the ear’s natural anatomy. Recovery is usually quick, and most patients can return to a reasonable level of normal activities the day after surgery.