Otoplasty

An Otoplasty is a surgical procedure known as “Ear Pinning”. People may consider an Otoplasty procedure to correct a birth defect, an accident, or if they’re bothered by the size, shape, or position of the ears. Ears that protrude away from the head can be pinned back to create a more flattering appearance. Otoplasty provides a simple, safe and highly effective remedy that can performed on both children and adults.

Procedure

An Otoplasty surgery is typically performed under a local anesthetic and is done by making an incision behind the ears. Usually, only a small incision is needed. The doctor then either removes, reshapes or repositions a little of the cartilage and closes the incision with sutures allowing the ears to heal lying closer to the head.

Recovery

Recovery from an otoplasty procedure is very mild compared to other plastic surgery procedures. During the recovery period, there will be some swelling for a few weeks which is a normal part of the healing process. To minimize swelling, it’s good to keep your head elevated, especially while you sleep. You will also be required to wear a headband that covers your ears completely. It provides protection for your ears and keeps them in place. It’s typically worn all day and night for the first couple of weeks and then just at night for around a month. Physical activities will also need to be limited for at least two weeks.

Results

The final result of an Otoplasty can be seen in two weeks. However, small changes in the ears can occur for up to one year. The results are permanent, so you will benefit from the reduced prominence of your ears the rest of your life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there risks involved?
Yes. Some risks involved with Ear Pinning include scarring, asymmetry, and changes in sensations. There are no effects regarding hearing ability.
Can I go home the same day as my procedure?
Yes, patients are allowed to go home after the procedure.
What anesthesia is used during an Otoplasty?
Local anesthesia with an oral sedation is used during this procedure.
Will I have sutures that will need to be removed?
Yes, sutures will need to be removed between seven and ten days following the procedure.
Are there restrictions after having an Otoplasty?
Most people return to work or school about a week after the procedure. Limited physical activity is recommended for at least two weeks. Patients are required to wear a headband for two weeks.
How long before I see the “final result”?
The final result of an Otoplasty can be seen in two weeks. However, small changes in the ears can occur for up to one year.

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The Adler Process

Plastic surgery can be a big life decision. Our team can help answer questions and aid in every step of the way. Here is an overview of our 4 step process.

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Step 1 - Schedule Consultation

When you schedule a consultation, our administrator will review the cost of the procedure with you, explain what to expect, recovery time and answer any questions you have so you fully understand the procedure. We also schedule your Meet with Dr. Adler.

Step 2 - Meet with Dr. Adler

Prior to surgery, you will meet with Dr. Adler in person for an initial examination and in depth consultation where your case is discussed and any questions you have are answered.

Step 3 - Preparation and Surgery Day

A pre and post op package is prepared for you that is catered to your surgery that will have instructions for surgery prep . You will need to follow the instructions in the package prior to surgery day. On surgery day, you are greeted by a nurse and escorted to our on site surgical suite where you are made comfortable and a pre-op interview is conducted before surgery begins.

Step 4 - Enjoy the New You

The post operative phase is the healing period where you will follow instructions according to your post op surgery package.  You will receive attentive after-care by our staff during the healing process and afterwards you can enjoy the new you!

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