Otoplasty (the proper name of an earpinning) brings sticking-out ears closer to the head. The surgery is usually carried out with local anaesthetic and on demand sedation is given. The incision is made behind he ear, the cartilage of the inner ear is reduced and as a result the ear can be sutured into a normal position. The surgery leaves hardly or no scares at all.
When ear surgery is performed by a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon, complications are infrequent and usually minor. Nevertheless, as with any operation, there are risks associated with surgery and specific complications associated with this procedure.
A small percentage of patients may develop a blood clot on the ear. It may dissolve naturally or can be drawn out with a needle.
Occasionally, patients develop an infection in the cartilage, which can cause scar tissue to form. Such infections are usually treated with antibiotics; rarely, surgery may be required to drain the infected area.
Anaesthetic: local Duration of procedure: 1-1,5 hours