Otoplasty, sometimes referred to as ear pinning, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that “reshapes or reforms ears.” Most commonly the procedure is performed to correct prominent ears by setting them back closer to the head. Ears come in all shapes and sizes, however, “otoplasty” can also refer to the correction of a number of different ear deformities.
Anesthesia type: Local or general
Facility type: In-office surgical suite for local anesthesia, outpatient surgical center for general anesthesia
Recovery time: 3-5 days (must wear a headband for approx. 3 days starting the day after surgery). Swelling will take longer to fully go away.
What to expect during recovery: Swelling, redness, discomfort, itching along incision site.
Deciding to have otoplasty –
If you are considering ear surgery for yourself or a child, review the information provided in this section so you are informed about the procedure and what to expect, followed by calling our office for a private consultation with Dr. Hurvitz at his Long Beach, CA. office. During your visit, let Dr. Hurvitz know what your goals and expectations are from otoplasty. This will help him understand your motives and expected outcome, as well as determine if your expectations are realistic. Dr. Hurvitz will evaluate your ears and medical history to determine if you are a good candidate. Lastly, Dr. Hurvitz will discuss the risks associated with otoplasty surgery, as well as the healing time and what to expect during recovery. His staff will provide you with a detailed surgery quote outlining the cost.
About otoplasty surgery (ear pinning) –
Otoplasty can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. It can also correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth that becomes apparent with development or it can treat misshapen ears caused by an injury.
Ear surgery creates a natural shape, while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. Correction of even minor deformities can have profound beneﬁt for one’s self esteem and appearance. Protruding or disﬁgured ears often cause embarrassment, inability to wear hats, and insecurities about appearance. Otoplasty is a good option for improving all of these issues.
Otoplasty surgery is frequently performed on children and teenagers, however Dr. Hurvitz also treats adults at his Long Beach practice.
Children who are good candidates for ear surgery are:
Healthy, without a life-threatening illness or untreated chronic ear infections
Generally 5 years old, or when a child’s ear cartilage is stable enough for correction
Cooperative and follow instructions well
Able to communicate their feelings and do not voice objections when surgery is discussed
Teenagers and adults who are good candidates for ear surgery are:
Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for ear surgery