Ear Pinning or Otoplasty
Anyone can suffer from protuberant or bat ears. Ear pinning or otoplasty is a surgical operation that is done to pin back bat ears to accomplish an improved appearance. A protuberant ear can be caused by an insufficient antihelical fold or a deep concha. An antihelical fold will be created depending on the problem. Most operations will include both the conchal setback and the antihelical fold creation. The two operations can be done concurrently.
Otoplasty and ear pinning can be performed on anyone at any age. Children should be allowed to voice their concerns about their dissatisfaction with their ear size and shape, to get the operation early in their childhood. The traditional approach to performing the surgery on children has been at the age of 6- 7 years. However, times have changed and it’s now possible to do the operation for kids as young as 4 years old. This is mostly done to prevent any social and peer group pressure as a child grows.
More recently, many adults have started doing the surgery. The aim is to achieve a more balanced look. Still, one cannot get ideal symmetry as there are unique differences in the ear tissues. A lot of patients are pleased with the results and enhanced appearance.