Preoperative preparations are normally quite simple and include, as with any surgery, a series of tests to verify the patient’s health, blood tests, and imaging to document the patient’s appearance before surgery.
As with any other surgery, signs will remain visible until eventually subsiding following a sufficient and successful healing period.
It is best not to get a haircut before surgery so that the ear can be somewhat hidden while it still shows signs of surgery.
Ear surgeries are performed under local or general anesthesia.
Children undergo the procedure under general anesthesia.
Ear surgeries are very short. Surgery takes about 45 minutes to complete, during which the surgeon alters the shape of the ear through an incision behind the ear.
The ears are dressed for a short time after surgery.
Visible results can be observed after the swelling and bruising subside.
Side effects following ear surgeries are rare and include some asymmetry in the shape of the ears or the distance of each ear from the head, or too prominent a fold in the ear itself.
Other very rare side effects include bleeding, inflammation, or unsightly scarring behind the ear
To summarize, ear pinning is a very common procedure that provides good results and saves patients from discomfort and embarrassment.