An otoplasty performed by NYC plastic surgeon Dr. Zachary Gerut, is often called ear pinning surgery. Although most often performed on children whose ears stick out, otoplasty can be performed on adults as well, to address the shape, position or size of the ears. Although most patients undergo otoplasty to make changes that appeared at birth, it’s common for adults to choose otoplasty for traumatic ear injuries as well. Healing is fairly rapid, discomfort is minimal, and the results can make an enormous difference in ones appearance.
Ideal Candidates for an Otoplasty
Healthy adults and children over the age of 6 who are concerned about the position, size or shape of their ears are logical candidates for an ear pinning procedure.
How an Otoplasty is Performed
An otoplasty is an elective outpatient plastic surgery performed in Dr. Gerut’s fully accredited and licensed surgical suite located in his office in Hewlett, Long Island. Plastic surgery patients benefit from the attention to detail and patient comfort and safety that result from Dr. Gerut’s many years with the same surgical team, which includes a board certified anesthesiologist. Although an otoplasty can be performed under local anesthesia, general anesthesia is used on children who find it difficult to be still during the procedure. Once anesthesia has been placed, incisions are made at the point where the ears meet the head. The appropriate amount of tissue is removed and the ear is then reattached with tiny sutures for a nearly invisible result. A dressing is placed over the ears and, after a short stay in the recovery area, the patient returns home.
Recovery from an Ear Pinning Surgery
Recovery from otoplasty is fairly rapid, with results visible as soon as swelling has dissipated. Younger patients are often given a special “helmet” to keep them from touching their ears after surgery. Adult patients are advised to keep the dressings on the ears until healing has taken place and to avoid any activities that have the potential to damage the tender healing ears for the first 6-8 weeks after surgery. Those activities would include any contact sports.
The results of an otoplasty can have a positive effect on the way you feel about yourself. If you’re concerned about the position, size or shape of your ears or those of your child, board certified New York plastic surgeon Dr. Gerut is here to help you. Call us at 516-295-2100 or complete our online consultation form to learn how you can get the look you’ve always wanted!