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Otoplasty/Ear Pinning Surgery in Scottsdale, Chandler, and Mesa, AZ


Protruding ears can be a source of mental and emotional stress. Ears are almost fully grown by age five, and the earlier the surgery, the less teasing, and ridicule an individual will have to endure. However, most patients do better when they can understand the reason for ear surgery, therefore having a greater appreciation for the results obtained. Otoplasty is not just a surgery for children; however, anyone who feels self-conscious about their ears can benefit.


What is Otoplasty?

Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears. If performed to correct protruding ears, the procedure is sometimes known as “ear pinning.”

Otoplasty is among the customized and specialized procedures offered to patients at Wilson Plastic Surgery in Scottsdale, AZ. Dr. Wesley G. Wilson performed more otoplasties during his medical school residence than any other doctor ever in the program. Dr. Wilson invites you to schedule a consultation to see if otoplasty can boost your quality and enjoyment of life.

Scottsdale otoplasty patient

Otoplasty Benefits

Otoplasty is worth considering if you are troubled by protruding ears. Perhaps you think your ears are the wrong size. Some people are dealing with congenital disabilities or injuries that have resulted in misshapen ears. Others may be dissatisfied with previous cosmetic ear surgery and wish to correct it. Children are often particularly self-conscious about their ears. For many, otoplasty can be a life-changing procedure.


Preparing for Otoplasty

In otoplasty, the ears are positioned closer to the head by reshaping the ear cartilage. Dr. Wilson accomplishes this through incisions placed behind the ears to conceal scars in a natural skin crease.

Otoplasty will not change the location of your ears or impact your hearing in any way. Dr. Wilson will meticulously review your medical history or that of your child. The doctor will likely take “before” pictures to help achieve your surgical goals. Patients who smoke will have to stop for a specified period before and after surgery. You will also likely be directed to suspend the use of any supplement or medication (such as aspirin) that may elevate bleeding.


Otoplasty Procedure

Otoplasty can be performed in a hospital or outpatient facility. While sedation and local anesthesia are sometimes sufficient, general anesthesia may be preferred, especially for children. Surgery generally takes about two hours. Excess ear skin is often removed, and the surgeon will mold ear cartilage into the desired position before securing the corrected tissues with internal and external stitches. Patients can go home on the day of their surgery.



Otoplasty Recovery

Your doctor will prescribe any needed pain medication as appropriate. Bandages are removed in a matter of a few days, and your doctor will take out your stitches within two weeks. A head band should be worn for three weeks postoperatively to protect the ears and prevent pulling on internal sutures. It’s important not to sleep on your side or put any pressure on your ears for a period of time specified by your doctor. Most patients can go back to work or school in a week or less.


Otoplasty Results

The changes in appearance will be evident as soon as your bandages are removed. Schedule your Otoplasty consultations with Dr. Wilson today. Our ears can be a significant component of our appearance. Otoplasty can often restore a patient’s self-confidence and outlook on life. Children may particularly benefit. Dr. Wesley G. Wilson is board-certified and among the most highly trained and experienced otoplasty surgeons in the country. You are invited to schedule a consultation at Wilson Plastic Surgery. Consultations for ear surgery are available at both Scottsdale and Mesa, Arizona office locations.


Otoplasty FAQs

While all surgeries come with risks, otoplasty is considered a safe procedure. General risks include bleeding, complications from anesthesia, allergic reactions to medication or surgical materials, and infection. Otoplasty carries procedure-specific risks of scarring and changes in skin sensation.

Otoplasty costs will vary from patient to patient, depending on the extent of the procedure performed. Since otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure, your medical insurance will not pay for it. Discuss costs and payment options with your doctor.

The selection of your surgeon is important in having aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery and obtaining the best results. When you choose Dr. Wilson at Wilson Plastic Surgery Center in Mesa and Scottsdale, you are choosing a dedicated, experienced professional who believes in giving you the results you want.

Call (480) 513-9111 for any specific questions or to get the conversation started. This process is all about you, and we want to make sure you feel that way.