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Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)
What is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is ear surgery, sometimes referred to as 'ear pinning,' and is often performed to change the shape and/or position of the ear or ears. Ear surgery can create a better balance and proportion while improving the shape or appearance of the ears, often having a profound effect on the appearance, and self-esteem, of someone with even minor concerns.
What concerns can Otoplasty address?
I keep my hair long to hide my ears
Ear surgery is often performed to correct prominent or 'floppy' ears. The otoplasty procedure pins the ears back so that they have a better natural proportion to the head. Prominent ears are due to an unusually large cartilage bowl, common in people of Irish or Scottish heritage, while "lop" ears are due to a ewakness in the cartilage of the upper ear lobe where the upper part flops down instead of lying near the head.
Some patients have both a large cartilage bowl as well as weakness of the cartilage. Treatment involves the surgical repair of the deformed cartilage.
Patients seeking otoplasty often complain of:
- protruding ears
- floppy ears
- overly large ears
How is Otoplasty performed?
Otoplasty procedures are performed under IV anesthesia here in our AAAASF Accredited surgery center in Baltimore, Maryland. Anesthesia is administered only by board certified anesthesiologists. The procedures usually takes between 3-4 hours and you may go home following the surgery.
Incisions made to pin the ears back are carefully hidden in the crease behind the ears. Once the ears have healed, the scar will fade and eventually be barely detectable.
What is the right age to have the otoplasty (ear pinning) procedure?
While otoplasty surgery can be performed on both children and adults, the surgery should be delayed until at least the age of 6, when the ear is more developed.
What are the otoplasty pre-operative requirements?
In my surgery center, we require patients to get a medical clearance two weeks prior to surgery. An H&P (history and physical) and a CBC blood test are the minimum requirements if you are a healthy adult. Patients should refrain from smoking and taking any aspirin products for 2 weeks prior to surgery. On the evening before surgery, you may not eat or drink anything after midnight.
What is post-op recovery for like after otoplasty?
You'll be asked to keep you head elevated following otoplasty surgery to help reduce swelling and to aid in healing. Your bandage is removed after week and there are no stitches to be removed. You will be asked to wear a tennis sweatband for an additional two weeks after having your bandage removed.
You should be able to resume all activities, includign sports activities, after 6 weeks.
What are the risks and possible complications?
Like any surgical procedure, the otoplasty comes with possible risks and complications that include, but are not limited to:
- inadequate correction
- unfavorable scarring
How much does an otoplasty cost?
The total cost of otoplasty is approximately $6800. Total cost includes the surgeon fee, OR fee, anesthesiologist fee, and follow-up visits. If you are comparing costs, be sure to find out if your surgeon and anesthesiologist are Board Certified, in addition to confirming that the surgical facility is an accredited out-patient surgery center.
Can I finance my otoplasty surgery?
Yes, your ear surgery can be 100% financed with convenient monthly payments. Please call the office at 410-494-8100 to get more information or click the contact us button below.
Before and After Otoplasty Photos*
See our gallery of Before and After Otoplasty photos, all performed by Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with over 20 years experience. Please note that all of these patients have given their written consent to use the photos at our web site. We are very grateful to our patients for participating in patient education!
Having Your Ear Surgery in Baltimore
I have extensive otoplasty experience and many of our patients come from outside of the Baltimore area. Our office and surgery center is only 30 miles from BWI airport and we are only 20 minutes from the downtown Amtrak train station.
Give us a call at +1-410-494-8100 or Contact Us online to set up a consult. We're happy to schedule a time for you to visit our offices or participate in a virtual consultation to help you decide if otoplasty is right for you.
Updated October 22, 2015
Ricardo L Rodriguez M.D.
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
*Note: Patients depicted in photos and videos have provided written consent to display their photos online. Every patient is unique, and surgical results may vary. Please contact us if you have any questions.