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Otoplasty - Ear Surgery

Otoplasty, more commonly known as “ear pinning” is a procedure that repositions the ears so that they do not protrude outward. Sometimes the ear itself is reduced in size if it is over developed.

Best Candidates

Otoplasty is usually done on children between the ages of 5 and 14, however, adults of all ages can benefit from this procedure too. If you are unhappy or self-conscious with the appearance of your ears, you may be a great candidate for an otoplasty.

Prior to Surgery

As with all cosmetic procedures, the most important step before surgery is your consultation with your surgeon. Have an open, honest discussion about your expectations and personal goals. Together you can decide what the best plan of action is for your individual needs. Your doctor will also go over any instructions that you must follow pre and post-surgery.

The Surgery

This procedure is done on an outpatient basis with general anesthesia. Ear surgery usually takes about one to two hours. Most commonly, the incision is made behind the ear where the scar is less visible. The ears are repositioned and sometimes sculpted to reshape them so that they are more cosmetically pleasing. Permanent sutures secure the ears in place. Recovery time is minimal.


The results from ear surgery are immediate and most patients resume normal activities within one to two days. For children, this procedure can be life changing. Avoiding the teasing and name calling is a benefit that is invaluable. Otoplasty can restore confidence and an overall good feeling about your appearance.

After Surgery

Some bruising, swelling and tenderness are normal after surgery, but typically goes away very quickly. Pain associated with this surgery is minimal and can be managed with oral medication. Bandages are only needed for a few days and should be replaced with a lighter dressing. Your doctor will probably advise you to avoid sleeping on your ears and to use a soft pillow. Showering and shampooing can resume in a few days.

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