Ear Correction (Otoplasty/Pinnaplasty) Advantages

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Otoplasty, also known as pinnaplasty or ear correction surgery, is something that can seriously affect your well being if you have prominent ears or your ears are a different shape than you would like.  Sometimes this might be due to the ears not forming properly, certain conditions such as this are hereditary, but more often it is due to the size or angle of the ears being too large or of a peculiar shape, for example if pointed at the top.  Sometimes there might be a difference in the shape of each ear, or how they are angled from the head, leading to a lopsided appearance that will need to be corrected. 

Normally this surgery is performed on children before they are fourteen, so allowing them to avoid any bullying that might come their way due to sticking out ears.  There is a stigma attached to those with ‘bat-ears’, and unfortunately this can extend beyond the playground. 

Sometimes adults will want ear correction if they weren’t offered it as a child.  The size and shape of the ear can make other features appear smaller and draw attention away from the rest of the face.  As you get older this might be more noticeable due to a receding hairline, but throughout life is something that can influence even the mundane such as haircuts.  Constantly worrying about your ears can lead to serious self-confidence problems, and as such it is likely to be something you will want to correct.

Otoplasty can also be used to reconstruct the ear after either a trauma, such as a dog bite, or a health problem such as cancer.  Ear correction is a simple procedure with minimal scarring that can have very good results in reducing the protrusion of the ear.  It doesn’t take long, and the results are life-long.    

Patients with Hearing Problems

Unfortunately Pinnaplasty is not a hearing corrective surgery, being purely cosmetic.  As such those with hearing problems will not benefit from the surgery and shouldn’t view it as something that might be able to help. 

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