Most people don’t spend much time thinking about their ears. But for those who have large, protruding, or misshapen ears, it can be difficult to think about anything else. Ear pinning, also known as otoplasty, is a safe and effective surgery for adjusting and reshaping the ears to a more natural appearance.
Who is a Candidate for Ear Pinning?
Many patients can benefit from ear pinning surgery. You may be a candidate for ear pinning (otoplasty) if:
- Your ears stick out too far from the side of your head
- Your ears have an unusual or undesirable shape
- You desire a more balanced or attractive appearance to your ears
Children over the age of five, with parental consent, are also candidates for the procedure.
The goal of ear pinning surgery is to create ears that have natural folds and shape with a normal level of protrusion from the side of the head.
Your Ear Surgery Consultation
The best way to determine if otoplasty is a good option for you or your child is to schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. Our surgeons have an advanced understanding of facial structure and many years of experience working with patients to correct large or protruding ears. Choosing a surgeon who understands how to work harmoniously with existing facial structure is imperative to having a positive outcome.
During your appointment, one of our surgeons will evaluate your natural facial structure, listen to your concerns, and help design a plan that meets your goals.
About Ear Pinning Surgery
Otoplasty is usually performed on an outpatient basis under sedation and local or general anesthesia. The ears are usually bandaged with a headband type of dressing for several days. Initial mild post-operative discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication.
The procedure is appropriate beginning at age 5 or 6 or at any time thereafter. The ears usually look “normal” within 10 to 20 days. Usually, a headband is worn for 2 to 3 weeks to protect the ears. Contact sports should be avoided for about a month.
Payment for Plastic Surgery
This procedure is considered to be cosmetic and so is usually not covered by insurance. Our patient counselors can help you with your financial arrangements, including financing.