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Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

What is Otoplasty?

Ear surgery, also known as Otoplasty is a type of cosmetic plastic surgery procedure aimed at setting prominent ears closer to the head, or reducing the size of larger ears.  This is also known as Ear Pinning. 

Who can Benefit from Ear Pinning?

The procedure is usually done for children.  The most common age is 5-12 years of age; however, ear pinning can be done at any age, including adults.  This procedure is frequently covered by insurance depending on a variety of factors.  A consultation with Dr. Barry will help determine if insurance will help cover the cost of the procedure. 

About the Procedure

Although each procedure varies, generally, ear pinning surgeries alter the cartilage of the ear. In some cases, cartilage and skin might be removed. In other cases, stitches are used to hold the cartilage permanently in place.  A general anesthesia is used on children, and typically, a local anesthesia along with a sedative are used on adults.  Dr. Barry can review your individual or child's needs and explain in detail the recommendation that he would have for treatment. 

Recovery Time

A headband should be worn for a couple of weeks following the procedure.  Children typically can return to school in a week.