Otoplasty ~ Ear Pinning Surgery

Otoplasty  (Ear Pinning Surgery)

Ear pinning Surgery or otoplasty surgery, commonly referred to as “pinning the ears back,” is most often done on children between the ages of 5 and 14. Children with protruding ears may experience teasing and ridicule from other children as well as from adults. In order to avoid psychological repercussions, parents often opt to have the procedure performed before the child enters first or second grade.

It isn’t uncommon, though, for adults to undergo otoplasty surgery as well. It is a myth that our ears grow throughout our lifetime; usually, they are almost fully developed by the age of 6 to 7 and are certainly completely formed by young adulthood. Many of the adults who have otoplasty, therefore, wish they’d had the procedure much earlier in life.

Why have an otoplasty surgery?

Otoplasty or Ear Pinning Surgery is a procedure done to set prominent ears closer to the head or to reduce the size of extraordinarily large ears. Most surgeons recommend that parents stay alert to their child’s feelings about protruding ears; don’t insist on the surgery until your child wants the change. Children who feel uncomfortable about their ears and want the surgery are generally more cooperative during the process and happier with the outcome.

During your initial meeting, Dr. Michael Sullivan will evaluate the condition and recommend the most effective technique. Dr. Sullivan will also give you specific instructions on how to prepare for the surgery.

Ear Pinning Surgery Procedure:

The technique used depends on the severity of the problem. Commonly, Dr. Sullivan makes a small incision in the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage. He then sculpts the cartilage and uses permanent sutures to create and maintain a natural-looking shape.

Even when only one ear appears to protrude, surgery is usually performed on both ears for a better balance. Ear surgery will leave a faint scar in the back of the ear that will fade with time.

The location of the surgery depends on the age and maturity of the individual patient. Ear surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure either here at The Sullivan Centre or at an outside location. For children under 11, Dr. Sullivan may recommend general anesthesia so the child will sleep through the operation, which requires anesthesiologists and a facility that specializes in children. For older children or adults who can tolerate local anesthesia, Dr. Sullivan may prefer to perform the procedure at The Sullivan Centre. During your consultation, Dr. Sullivan will discuss your Columbus otoplasty surgery options with you.

Otoplasty Post-Op Results:

A light head dressing is put in place immediately following surgery to promote the best molding and healing. Your ears may throb or ache a little for a few days, but this can be relieved by Tylenol or a mild pain medication. The head dressing is removed one to two days after the procedure, at which point you can wash your hair as normal.

You will have to wear an elastic headband for the next 10 days to remind the ears to heal in the proper location. The skin sutures dissolve on their own and are usually be gone by the second week.

You should avoid any activity in which you might bend your ears for a month or so. Most adults can go back to work about two days after surgery. Children can go back to school after three to four days, as long as they are careful about playground activity. You may want to ask your child’s teacher to keep an eye on the child for a few weeks.

Patients are normally thrilled with the results of ear surgery. Keep in mind, however, that the goal is improvement, not perfection. Don’t expect both ears to match perfectly. Perfect symmetry in ears is both unlikely and unnatural. If you’ve discussed the procedure and your expectations with the surgeon before the operation, chances are you’ll be quite pleased with the results.

How much is an Otoplasty in Columbus, Ohio?

The total fees for an otoplasty will vary based on the type of anesthesia needed.  In most cases,  the total fee range is between $3000 and $5900. An exact quote will be given upon consultation.

Real Patient Review

I would recommend Dr. Mike to anyone. Very professional and a great bedside manner. Extremely skilled surgeon who I wouldn’t hesitate to return to for any future procedures!

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The specific risks and possible complications as they relate to the otoplasty procedure will be discussed at your initial consultation.