Otoplasty (Ear Pinning) FAQ

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Who is a good candidate for Otoplasty?

Ears typically reach their full growth size between the ages of 5 or 6 years old, making anyone a candidate for the procedure when beyond these early years. Candidates for otoplasty surgery include those with marcotia, a rare condition causing excessively large ears, prominent ear deformity, lop ear deformity, as well as those with protruding or misshaped ears.

How is Otoplasty done?

Otoplasty is typically a minimally invasive procedure where Dr. Weiss makes an incision behind the natural fold of the ear to reshape the cartilage and skin. He then anchors the ear with small stitches while the ear heals.

What is Otoplasty recovery like?

One of the benefits of Otoplasty surgery has a quick recovery time. Some patients may experience some bruising and discomfort but all can be managed with over-the-counter pain medicine. Most adults can return back to work within a few days, while children typically require one week off before returning back to school. If a patient sleeps on their side, Dr. Weiss recommends that they try to sleep on their back in the days following surgery to eliminate pressure on your ears.