Otoplasty is a procedure that repositions, reshapes, or resizes the ears. Commonly referred to as “ear pinning,” the surgery is most frequently performed on children to minimize ear protrusion. The operation is widely considered to be safe, but it is helpful to know what to expect during the recovery process.
Patients may experience mild discomfort, bruising, bleeding, swelling, and throbbing sensations after surgery and should avoid vigorous activities for at least four weeks. Thick compression bandages must be worn on the ears for several days to promote tissue healing and to maintain the ears’ new position. Afterward, a lighter protective headband or dressing should be worn for a few more days. Otoplasty patients may find sleeping to be difficult for a week or more, as no pressure should be placed on ears. In general, the procedure leaves a thin scar behind the ears, which typically isn’t visible. Patients should follow their surgeons’ post-operative instructions to ensure the best results.
Patients in Tampa, St Petersburg, Sarasota, or Naples who are seeking an expert otoplasty surgeon can turn to Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Joseph M. Brown of Bayshore Plastic Surgery. Dr. Joseph M. Brown has nearly two decades of experience and is dedicated to ensuring that his patients understand the complete otoplasty process, as well as the associated risks and benefits.