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What to Expect from Otoplasty Surgery

Otoplasty (surgery for correction of prominent ears) is an advanced procedure that can address a number of concerns. Known as “ear-pinning surgery,” otoplasty is most commonly performed to correct ears that are disproportionately large and protrude too far from the head. But did you know that otoplasty is also performed to improve the shape of ears?

Every ear is different. Our board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Jess Prischmann, will examine your ears to outline a custom treatment plan for your otoplasty. The surgery is typically performed in a surgery center under sedation anesthesia. This means that you should not feel any pain during the procedure. The surgery is considered “outpatient,” meaning you can go home after the procedure.

Dr. Prischmann uses an incision behind the ears for otoplasty. This type of incision usually heals extremely well. After the incision is made, Dr. Prischmann customizes the surgery to each individual patient. Dr. Prischmann takes a cartilage-conserving approach, an important distinction in otoplasty. Rather than excessively cutting cartilage, Dr. Prischmann places precise sutures under the skin to hold it in a more favorable position.

Otoplasty typically takes two hours. There is about one week of downtime. Great care will need to be taken in the weeks and months following ear surgery to ensure that the ears are protected from harm and are not “pulled” away from their new position. Dr. Prischmann will go over all post-operative instructions with you in detail and answer any questions you may have.

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Ear surgery has helped both children and adults across the globe successfully address a very common concern and significantly increase their self-confidence.

To learn more about otoplasty, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Prischmann, please contact us today.