Children can be merciless in teasing kids whose ears are ‘too big’ or that ‘stick out’. For children who have prominent ears, cosmetic ear surgery can significantly improve their appearance and enhance their self-confidence.
Otoplasty (commonly referred to as ‘ear pinning’) is designed to reposition, reshape and/or resize the ear.
How its done?
Through small incisions behind the ear, our surgeons tether the ear closer to the head by trimming away excess skin and cartilage. Sometimes the surgeon will trim the cartilage to create a look that is not only pleasing but more proportional to the rest of the cranium. The surgical incisions are well camouflaged and almost imperceptible once fully healed. The procedure often takes up to one hour to complete and is usually performed under a general anesthetic.
Why choose us?
Otoplasties are frequently requested cosmetic surgical procedures. At the WSC, our plastic surgeons have years of experience and excellence in the ‘art’ of this highly personal procedure.
With pediatric surgery, the procedure is often extremely stressful for parents. With over 25 years experience treating pediatric patients, we realize the difficulties parents and their children go through peri-operatively. Releasing your child into the care of a stranger is never easy. Trust is essential and we aim to earn it!
The WSC is proud to provide the best care possible for your child and family. Every child’s comfort and well-being is sacred to us! Our team of board certified surgeons and anesthesiologists, nurses and other caregivers are devoted to treating kids. This specialized team will be with your child every step of the way. We will do our best to keep you informed, put you and your child at ease and help you be as comfortable as possible. Because of our patient-centred philosophy we are confident we can provide you with a satisfying experience.
Am I a candidate?
Since ears finish developing in children by 4 years of age, most otoplasties are performed in children around the age of five, prior to starting school. Occasionally, otoplasties are performed on adults. Otoplasties are fully insured by Manitoba Health until 15 years of age. If you are in good general health and have specific but realistic goals for the improvement of your appearance, there is no defined age limit for this procedure.
The procedure is extremely reliable and generally requires a recovery period of ten days. There may be some mild discomfort that can be easily treated with oral pain medication pain. Bruising and discoloration behind the ears is normal and will subside within weeks. During the first few weeks after surgery, a head-band dressing will help to keep the ears in position during the healing process.
Detailed pre- and post-operative instructions will be provided at the WSC.
What do I do?
Our goal is to provide you with the information required to ease the decision-making process.
We strongly encourage you to research the operation thoroughly. Here are some useful links to help you: