EAR PINNING (Otoplasty)

Otoplasty is the procedure used to “pin back” or reposition protruding ears closer to the head .In ear surgery, Dr. Givens can adjust the size, positioning or shape of your ears. Protruding ears can be a source of embarrassment for children as well as adults. Ear pinning surgery, or otoplasty, is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to the head. The surgery is done on children between ages four and fourteen, but it can be done on adults, as well.

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EAR PINNING PROCEDURE

Ear surgery is available to patients who feel self-conscious about the appearance of their ears. Unlike many other forms of cosmetic surgery, otoplasty is commonly performed on children and teenagers; parents often choose otoplasty as a way for their children to avoid the potential of teasing over overly large or protruding ears. It is also available to adults who are unhappy with the shape, size, or positioning of their ears. Ear surgery may be right for you if you are in good overall health and have large, disproportionate, or protruding ears.

While this is a surgical process, it is a fairly minor one. Cosmetic ear surgery usually takes about an hour per ear – or two hours for the entire surgical procedure. It can be performed with local anesthesia, though general anesthesia is often recommended, especially for children. An incision in the natural creases of the ear or behind the ear enables access to the cartilage forming the structure of the ear. During this surgery, cartilage or skin may be trimmed away to make the ears smaller. Ears that stick out too far from the head can be pinned back with the use of internal sutures.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How invasive is ear surgery?


While this is a surgical process, it is a fairly minor one. Cosmetic ear surgery usually takes about an hour per ear – or two hours for the entire surgical procedure. It can be performed with local anesthesia, though general anesthesia is often recommended by Dr. Givens, especially for children. An incision in the natural creases of the ear or behind the ear enables access to the cartilage forming the structure of the ear. During this surgery, cartilage or skin may be trimmed away to make the ears smaller. Ears that stick out too far from the head can be pinned back with the use of internal sutures.




What are the benefits of ear pinning surgery?


Ear surgery can improve the shape and proportion of your ears. Ear surgery can provide a boost to your self-confidence and is a low-risk procedure that can be performed on children over the age of six. Results generally last a lifetime with minimal fluctuations.




What is otoplasty?


Otoplasty is a procedure recommended to improve the shape and position of an individual’s ears. Commonly referred to as ear pinning or cosmetic ear surgery, otoplasty can address a variety of imperfections, such as deformed, uneven, or overly large ears. It is most frequently performed as a means to move protruding ears closer to the head.




Is ear pinning surgery (otoplasty) covered by surgery?


In most cases, ear pinning (otoplasty) surgery is not covered by insurance since it is considered an elective or cosmetic procedure. However, if the procedure is recommended to ease medical symptoms, insurance may cover a portion.




How young can an otoplasty patient be at the time of surgery?


In severe cases, otoplasty can be performed on children as young as six years old. Many parents of children at Faces Medspa choose to wait until the child is at least seven so they can be an active participant in their care. In addition, children at this stage are better able to handle and recover from surgery.





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