Otoplasty or “Ear Reshaping” is a procedure that was created to change the appearance of the ears. This procedure is for people who have protruding or misshapen ears and the procedure generally takes about one and a half to two hours to perform. This procedure is often referred to as “pinning the ears” and can really help improve the self-esteem of a young person. The procedure can also be done under local to remove heavy thick earlobes, as well as repair torn earring holes.

Otoplasty before     Otoplasty after

Reshaping and Pinning of the right ear

Procedure Details

Procedure: Set prominent ears back closer to the head, or reduce the size of large ears. Most often done on children before they start school (ages 5-6). However, if the patient is older and has never had an opportunity to do it in childhood, it can be done at any age.

Length: 2 Hours

Anesthesia: Young children: usually general anesthesia. Older children or adults: local anesthesia or IV sedation.

Recovery: Back to work or school: 5 to 7 days. Strenuous activity, contact sports: 1 month.

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