Otoplasty, also known as ear setback or ear pinning, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to improve the appearance of protruding ears. The procedure can also change the size and shape of the ears.
If you are healthy and looking to improve the appearance of protruding ears, otoplasty may be right for you. The procedure can be performed on patients over the age of four.
Dr. Naderi performs otoplasty on patients over the age of four before the child has started school to avoid teasing and embarrassment.
During a consultation for otoplasty, Dr. Naderi will examine your ears, take a thorough medical history, and discuss your goals. All aspects of the otoplasty surgery will be explained including the technique, the anesthesia, the facility, the recovery, the risks, the costs and so on. Ask to see if you are a candidate for the “incision-less” technique.
Dr. Naderi performs otoplasty at INOVA system hospitals, including Fair Oaks Hospital, Loudoun Hospital, Fairfax Hospital, and Mt. Vernon Hospital.
Local anesthesia or MAC (monitored anesthesia care) may be used for otoplasty although general anesthesia is safer for children.
For otoplasty, incisions are made behind the ears. The exact nature of the surgery will depend upon the particular patient. Sutures may be used to create antihelical folds or set back the ears, and extra large “bowl” cartilage may be shaved. Some patients may be candidates for an “incisionless” technique in which sutures are threaded through and under the skin, leaving no scarring and resulting in decreased swelling, bruising and recovery time. This technique was developed at the Indiana University School of Medicine and Dr. Naderi is one of a small handful of surgeons who perform it.
Otoplasty usually takes thirty minutes to an hour to complete.
The incisions for otoplasty are located behind the ears. There is a new “incisionless” technique which does not require incisions and is appropriate for select patients.
With the new “incisionless” technique for otoplasty, which is appropriate for select patients, there is no scarring. Otherwise, a small incision is made on the back of the ear resulting in a hidden scar.
The ears may throb or ache during the first few days after otoplasty surgery. Medication can help to control any discomfort that patients experience.
Recovery after otoplasty takes about seven to ten days. Patients should expect some swelling and redness, and numbness may occur as well. Soft dressings applied after surgery are removed in about one week, after which time a sports headband is worn for up to two weeks.
Patients can return to work or school within a week.
Patients will need to wait at least three weeks after the otoplasty procedure before partaking in strenuous activities and exercise.
Stitches are removed in seven days.
All surgery carries potential risks. Those associated with otoplasty include fluid collection (1%) and infection.
Otoplasty is sometimes covered by insurance and patients should be sure to check with their own insurance companies.
Financing is available for many plastic surgery procedures.
Dr. Naderi’s office in Reston, VA is conveniently located near the following:
- Northern Virginia
- Fairfax county
- Loudoun County
- Town Center
- Tysons corner
- Virginia beach
- Great falls
- Montgomery County
- Howard County
- Baltimore, MD
- Chevy Chase
- White Marsh
- Arundle Mills
- Washington DC
- Washington D.C.
- Adams Morgan
- Pentagon City
- North west
- Falls church