The auricle is the outer portion of the ear. It is made of elastic cartilage covered by a very thin layer of perichondrium (connective tissue that covers cartilage) and skin. The natural folds of the auricle are designed to efficiently and effectively funnel sound waves into the ear canal to the ear drum where the sound waves will eventually be turned into a nerve signal to the brain. While the folds of the outer ear serve a functional role, they also can have a dramatic effect on the cosmetic appearance of the face. Inadequate development (unfolding) of the anithelix or overgrowth of the conchal bowl can cause the ears to stick out too far from the head. Otoplasty is a procedure designed for those with prominent ears. Prominent ears are generally considered to be genetically inherited. Usually the ear deformity is present at birth but may be subtle. As the child ages and the ear grows, the appearance becomes more dramatic. Prominent ears can become a distraction to a persons face. Children who have this condition can be teased or bullied by classmates. Parents are often concerned that school teasing may have a negative impact on their child’s development of self image. Otoplasty or ear pinning is a procedure commonly performed at Bitner Facial Plastic Surgery. The surgery is done in our office-based AAAASF certified operating suite. The surgery can be performed on children down to 5 years of age Our operating suite is certified for pediatric use. The surgery is done under anesthesia provided by our PALS certified anesthetist. While not a painful procedure, recovery takes about one week.
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