What is Otoplasty?

Large, prominent ears can affect self-esteem in both children and adults. Kids can oftentimes be extremely cruel, and prominent ears can be a source of teasing or bullying. Otoplasty (sometimes called ear surgery or ear pinning) can reduce prominent ears that are pushed forward, reduce the size of large ears, or reshape the ears.

For ears that protrude forward, an otoplasty can reshape the ear cartilage and pin them back towards the side of the head in a more natural position. Otoplasty can also modify large ears by making them smaller and repositioning the earlobes. However, it’s important to understand that an otoplasty does not rebuild ears that are small or absent due to birth defects.
  • Children or adults with prominent or excessively large ears
    • Ears are nearly adult size by age 6, so children above the age of six can undergo the procedure.
  • Non-Smokers
  • People in reasonably good health who have realistic expectations
Dr. Lin and Dr. Cohen-Kashi perform otoplasty on an outpatient basis in Long Island, NY. Although general anesthesia is usually recommended for children, adults can choose between either general or local anesthesia. There is no visible scarring from the procedure, because incisions are placed behind each ear. The length of surgery can vary between one to two hours.
After your surgery, Dr. Lin and Dr. Cohen-Kashi will place a large bandage to the ears that will remain for about three days. The entire recovery takes between one to two weeks. Mild bruising and numbness is common but will resolve on their own after two weeks. After bandages are removed, children must wear a headband-like dressing for several weeks to continue to protect the ears. Results are visible immediately after surgery, and children and adults can resume normal activities after two weeks. However, children should avoid physical activities for at least six weeks.

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