Doctor’s Thoughts on Otoplasty

As board-certified surgeons, we aim to deliver the best care, from consultation to post-op. We strive to understand your unique concerns and goals to find the right treatment plan for you. Hundreds of patients have achieved long-lasting, and often life-changing results from their otoplasty procedure for smaller, more symmetrical ears. We’ll be honest and transparent throughout the entire journey and answer any questions you have along the way. To get started on your procedure or to learn more about your options, contact our office and schedule your consultation. 

What is an Otoplasty?

Otoplasty, or ear pinning, is a surgical procedure used to address the size, shape, and projection of the ears. An otoplasty is typically performed to address ears that stick out too far from the head, distracting from the rest of the facial features. 

 

Who can Benefit from Otoplasty?

Patients young and old can benefit from an otoplasty to address the following concerns:

  •         Protruding ears that stick out too far from the head
  •         Ears that are too large
  •         Abnormally shaped ears
  •         Ears that are not in balance with the rest of the facial features

Ear surgery like an otoplasty can be performed on children as young as five if abnormal shaped ears may be seen as a future issue, but patients can benefit from the procedure later in life too.

How is the Otoplasty Performed?

Dr. Nichter and Dr. Horowitz offer several different techniques when it comes to the otoplasty procedure. These will be discussed during your consultation and will depend on your specific concerns and goals for your procedure. To begin the otoplasty procedure, general or local anesthesia will be delivered to ensure a comfortable procedure process. Ears that protrude too far from the head can be addressed by reshaping the cartilage. The ears are brought closer to the sides of the head, which is why the procedure is often called “ear pinning”. For this technique, the incisions are placed behind the ears where they are completely hidden. Ears that are misshapen or large may require external incisions to reshape and resize the cartilage. However, these will be carefully placed in the natural folds and contours of the ears where they will be unnoticeable.

Recovery After Otoplasty

Recovery after otoplasty is typically short, with several days of bandages to protect the incisions. Bandages will be wrapped around the head, holding the ears in place while healing. Some initial discomfort can be expected during this time but is easily manageable with the use of pain medication. While regular activities and work can be resumed quickly, contact sports should be avoided for at least 6 weeks. You will also be asked to sleep with a stocking cap or headband around the ears for the first 3 weeks.

Otoplasty Results

The results of ear surgery can be life-changing, helping to reshape and resize the ears or address ears that stick out. Most patients can enjoy these results after just a few days and report feeling more confident. The results of ear pinning are permanent, and any scarring will continue to fade with time.

Your Consultation at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery

To learn more about your otoplasty at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery, contact our office and schedule your consultation. Dr. Nichter and Dr. Horowitz will be happy to meet with you to examine your concerns and discuss your treatment options.