Otoplasty and Ear Surgery: Before and After
Otoplasty is ear surgery which aims to pin back ears. Prominauris is the Latin term for ears that stick out too much. Repair of this is also called ear pinning. The ears are not really pinned back though. This patient underwent otoplasty as an adult to bring his ears back. This is done with suture technique and can even be done under local anesthesia.
A small percentage of patients who undergo facelift surgery end up with something called Pixie-ear deformity. Some people have this deformity naturally without surgery. This is a patient who had pixie ear deformity after facelift by another surgeon. Dr. Zoumalan is careful to leave enough skin after surgery to prevent this. Dr. Zoumalan repaired this deformity using a V to Y closure. You can see how the natural shape of the earlobe is achieved again. This was done under local anesthesia.
Dr. Zoumalan regularly performs otoplasty on small children with large ears. This is an example of a 5 year old who had ear pinning (otoplasty) to improve the appearance of his ears. This is a permanent solution which is nice for kids so they are not subject to bullying which is common for kids with large protruding ears. It is best to do it around this age because the ears are mostly fully formed and before regular school.