Ear Pinning Surgery / Otoplasty
Ear pinning, also known as “otoplasty,” is an outpatient procedure designed to reshape one or both ears. Patients who are unhappy with the size, shape, or prominence of their ears can alter their appearance with this corrective facial surgery. Adults and children alike can benefit from ear pinning to achieve a more pleasing aesthetic and improve their confidence. Dr. Mendieta is extensively trained in facial analysis and combines traditional approaches with advanced techniques to deliver beautiful and personalized ear pinning results.
Ideal candidates for ear pinning are of age five or older, healthy, and struggling with any of the following concerns:
- Ears that protrude
- Asymmetrical ears
- Overly large ears
- Poorly shaped ears
Ear Pinning Procedure
Every patient’s condition must be carefully treated to achieve the best result that complements their facial anatomy. Ear pinning can be performed in one to two hours (per ear) using local anesthesia for adult patients or general anesthesia for pediatric patients. Typically, the incisions are placed behind the ear where it connects to the scalp. Additional incisions may be created to adjust the form of the ears if desired. During the initial consultation appointment, Dr. Mendieta assesses each patient’s ears and cosmetic goals to produce a customized surgical plan tailored to their needs.
Depending on the patient’s aesthetic objectives, ear pinning can be combined with other surgical techniques, such as rhinoplasty, cheek augmentation, or chin augmentation. Procedures that may interfere with each other or increase the operative time should be avoided, but all of the appropriate options will be discussed during the first consultation.
It takes most patients at least one week to heal from ear pinning surgery, but all vigorous activities should be avoided for two to three weeks. Pain can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription medication. Patients may resume working or return to school four to five days after their procedure, but side effects (swelling, bruising, and redness) may persist for as long as six weeks.
Patients must refrain from exercising for at least two weeks to ensure optimal healing and overall comfort during their recovery.
Ear pinning produces a permanent improvement to the appearance of the ears, but the ears may change slightly over time due to the elastic recoil of the cartilage. Final results are visible within three to six months.
How much does ear pinning cost?
The cost of ear pinning surgery can vary depending on the surgeon, location, anesthesia fees, and the desired extent of correction. Prices in Miami, Florida, range from $3,000 to $7,000 with an average cost of $3,500.
What are the risks associated with ear pinning?
Common risks associated with any surgical procedure include bleeding, scarring, infection, and an abnormal response to anesthesia. While it is uncommon, some patients may also experience changes in sensation, skin discoloration, asymmetrical results, or blood clots.
How should I prepare for my ear pinning procedure?
In the time leading up to your procedure, you should avoid taking any anti-inflammatory medications or herbal supplements and adjust any current prescription medications according to your doctor’s recommendations. If you are a smoker, you must quit smoking at least four weeks before surgery. You should also plan for someone to drive you home after surgery and remain with you for the first night of your recovery.
If I am visiting from out-of-town, how long should I remain in town before departing?
Patients should remain in the Miami area for 7 to 10 days before traveling home. This ensures that they can make it to their follow-up appointment, and it also reduces the risk of complications.