Otoplasty / Ear Pinning

If you have prominent ears, you may be a candidate for Otoplasty. Prominent ears may be caused by the absence of a fold in the upper ear cartilage, enlargement of the conchal bowl cartilage next to the ear canal, or both. Treatment options depend on careful evaluation of each patient’s unique presentation.

Surgical correction involves an outpatient surgery under sedation with local anesthesia. Some older patients may be a candidate for an office procedure under local anesthesia. Bandages are removed the second or third day after the procedure in the office and are replaced with a headband to support and protect the ears for an additional few days. Skin sutures are removed five days after the surgery.

When children reach the age of 6 or 7, the age at which the ears reach their adult size, Otoplasty may be considered. Many adults undergo the procedure to address a life-long concern.

Otoplasty is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for the cost of the procedure.

The specific risks and the suitability of otoplasty for a given individual can only be determined at consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.


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