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Otoplasty, also known as “ear pinning surgery”, is one of the most rewarding procedures in facial plastic surgery. The goal of this surgery is to set back the ears to a more appropriate position while maintaining and recreating normal contours. Dr. Prischmann is a specialist in otoplasty and considers it her favorite operation to perform.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Ear Pinning Surgery?

Age greater than 6 years old (adults are also excellent candidates)

Prominent or protruding ear

Lack of normal contours

How Is Otoplasty Performed?

Our board-certified facial plastic surgeon performs otoplasty in an operating room under sedation or general anesthesia. The surgical plan depends on the patient’s physical exam. Prior to surgery, Dr. Prischmann closely analyzes her patient’s ears to determine the extent of the operation. Most otoplasties involve an incision behind the ear, removal of a small amount of cartilage, and placement of permanent internal sutures to “set back” the ear and create a natural antihelical fold. The incision behind the ear is then closed with sutures and a pressure dressing is applied overnight. The procedure takes about one hour per ear.

What Is the Recovery for Otoplasty?

Our experience is that children and adults do very well after surgery. Dr. Prischmann will prescribe some pain and nausea medications, which may be needed for one or two days after surgery. Often, patients report minimal pain.

Dr. Prischmann sees all patients the day after surgery. This is when the pressure dressing is removed, and detailed instructions are given with regards to cleaning the incisions. Patients are instructed to wear a comfortable headband (which we provide) for 23 hours per day for one week after surgery. This prevents any accidental trauma to the ears.

What Is the Cost of an Otoplasty?

The cost of surgery is determined by a number of factors, including the complexity of the operation and length of time in the operating room. All surgical estimates contain 4 fees: 1) surgeon’s fee; 2) applicable state tax; 3) facility fee; 4) anesthesia fee. The approximate cost of otoplasty can range from $3000 to $6000 depending on whether the operation involves one or both ears.


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