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.
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 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.
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?
What anesthesia is used during an Otoplasty?
Will I have sutures that will need to be removed?
Are there restrictions after having an Otoplasty?
How long before I see the “final result”?
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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
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.