Otoplasty or “ear pinning” is one of Dr. Weber’s favorite procedures to perform as the results are immediate and life-changing. Prominent, out-standing or asymmetric ears are often a source of childhood teasing or personal dissatisfaction. Otoplasty can “pin” or set back the prominent ear as well as improve the contour of misshapen or asymmetric ears. Dr. Weber cares for patients from as young as five years of age through adulthood who have concerns about the size and/ or shape of their ears.
Otoplasty before and after
Otoplasty can improve:
- Overly large ears
- Protruding ears or ears that stick out
- Asymmetric ears
- Large conchal bowl
- “Lop Ear,” “cup ear” or “shell ear”
The goals of otoplasty or “ear pinning” surgery are to create symmetric, balanced ears that appear natural and non-surgical. Children as young as five years of age and healthy adults are good candidates for ear pinning surgery. Dr. Weber individually evaluates each otoplasty patient to determine the exact cause of the prominent or asymmetric ear. Precise measurements are taken prior to surgery and compared with the intraoperative result to ensure balance and symmetry. A small incision is hidden on the back side of the ear where it is difficult to see even with your hair pulled back. Sutures are used to reshape the ear cartilage and to set back the prominent conchal bowl closer to the head. Cartilage can be scored or selectively weakened to enhance the shape but incisions are never made through the cartilage as this has a high risk of creating sharp lines that draw the eye and appear unnatural. A gentle elastic compression garment is provided and worn constantly (except to shower) for the first week. Dissolving sutures are used to close the incision itself and no suture removal is required following surgery.
Choosing a doctor is an intimate decision; working with a doctor as "human" as Dr. Weber is a luxury. I have greatly enjoyed working with Dr. Weber as he is extremely talented, patient, thorough, and kind.