Ear Pinning Surgery / Otoplasty
Ear Pinning, also known as otoplasty, is a surgical procedure used to reshape one or both ears. Patients can alter their appearance through this outpatient procedure if they are dissatisfied with the size, shape or orientation of their ears. This corrective surgery is extremely popular among adults and children alike.
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What is Ear Pinning?
Ear pinning, also known as tonoplast, involves surgically moving the ears closer to the head. This procedure Is intended to improve the shape, size, or orientation of the ears.
How much does Ear Pinning cost?
Cost can vary depending on the surgeon, location, and extent of the procedure. It can range from $3,000 to $7,000, with an average cost of $3,200.
What is the recovery time?
It takes most patients one week to heal, but you should avoid vigorous activities/exercises for 2 to 3 weeks post surgery. You can return back to school or work in 4 to 5 days. Full recovery can take up to 6 weeks from swelling, bruising, and redness.
How long does an Ear Pinning procedure take?
It can take 1 to 2 hours per ear.
How long does Ear Pinning last?
Results of ear pinning surgery are typically permanent. At the same time, there is small movement over time due to the elastic recoil of the ear cartilage.
Who is a candidate for Ear Pinning?
A candidate is someone in good health, has realistic expectations, serious about improving their appearance. In addition, a candidate can be a child 5 years of age or older, or an adult.
At what age can Ear Pinning be performed?
Ear pinning can be performed on both children, 4 years of age or older, and adults. Be sure to consult with a board certified surgeon who is experienced in this procedure.
Can Ear Pinning be combined with other procedures?
You can definitely combine ear pinning with other surgical procedures such as a rhinoplasty or a face implant. It is also most important that you are in good health to do so as advised by your surgeon. You should also avoid procedures that will interfere with one another with respect to healing time and those that increase operative time creating a heightened risk for complications.
What are the risks involved with Ear Pinning?
Common risks associate with any surgical procedure bleeding, scarring, infection, and adverse reaction to anesthesia. Additional risks include changes in skin sensation, skin discoloration, asymmetry, and blood clots.
What should I do or take leading up to an Ear Pinning procedure?
You should avoid taking aspirin or any anti-inflammatory medication or herbal supplements. You may need to adjust any current (prescription) medications you may be taking. If you are a smoker you would need to stop smoking weeks before surgery. You should also plan for someone to drive you home after surgery and remain with you for the first night.
What type of Anesthesia is used for Ear Pinning?
Ear pinning is typically performed under local anesthesia. As for kids, general anesthesia is used.
If I'm visiting from out-of-town, how long should I remain after surgery before departing?
You should remain for 7 to 10 days after surgery before traveling.
Where are the incisions made for Ear Pinning?
An incision is made behind the ear where the ear connects with the head.
Is there much pain with Ear Pinning?
Being child or adult, you will experience mild pain in the first two nights with the swelling and tenderness of the ear(s). Pain tolerance is different for everyone, so you can take the pain medication prescribed by your surgeon for a few days follow surgery to assist with any pain.
When will I be able to see the results?
Typically you will see final results in 3 to 6 months.