Enhance the Appearance of Your Ears with Otoplasty
Patients with unusually large or protruding ears may feel extremely self-conscious. Dr. Rodolfo Castillo understands the discomfort and teasing that can accompany protruding ears, and he offers otoplasty at his Tijuana practice to help children and adults alike achieve a more normal appearance. During this procedure, he reshapes the protruding cartilage and secures ears closer to the head. Contact us today to learn more about otoplasty.
Candidates for Ear Pinning
Dr. Castillo performs most ear pinning procedures on children of about 5 or 6. At this age, their ear cartilage is developed and is soft enough for correction, and the doctor can adjust the shape of their ears before they begin school and can be a target of bullying. Though it is usually easier to mold the ears of children, otoplasty is also an excellent and effective option for adults who are dissatisfied with their ear shape. You or a child may be a good candidate for ear pinning they have:
- Large or protruding ears
- Usually shaped ears
- Dissatisfaction previous ear correction surgery
- The child is at least five years old
- The child is well-behaved and can follow instructions
What You Can Expect
Before an ear pinning procedure, Dr. Castillo will provide you and your child with a detailed consultation and evaluation. Together you will discuss your expectations for the treatment, and the doctor will begin to plan this highly personalized procedure. Dr. Castillo will perform the ear pinning treatment in collaboration with a registered anesthesiologist, who will determine the best form of anesthesia for you or the child. There are several options for an otoplasty procedure, depending on your desired results. To correct protruding ears, Dr. Castillo will create an incision in the fold just behind the ear. Then he will place permanent sutures to hold the ears in place, closer to the head. In each case, he meticulously creates incisions that will result in virtually undetectable scarring.
After the Procedure
Otoplasty typically results in minimal discomfort, and Dr. Castillo may prescribe mild medication to ease any irritation. He also recommends that patients wear a bandage around their ears to hold the cartilage in place and promote healing. The bandage is especially important for children, since it will keep them from touching their ears and increasing the risk that the internal sutures could fall, causing the cartilage to return to its previous position. You or your child should sleep with extra pillows to keep the head elevated, and avoid strenuous physical activity for a few days.
The results of ear pinning are immediately noticeable, and they are typically permanent. Following an otoplasty procedure, you can enjoy a much improved appearance, and your child can start school with confidence and excitement.
To learn more about otoplasty, contact Dr. Castillo. Our knowledgeable administrative staff will be happy to book your initial consultation with Dr. Castillo, so you can discuss your aesthetic goals and find out whether the procedure is right for you or your child.