Otoplasty, or ear-pinning, is a cosmetic procedure that includes the reduction of the ears and the removal of surplus cartilage. The purpose of this surgery is to reshape both (or one) of the patient’s ears to a more desirable contour and position. This is achieved via the removal of excess skin, resulting in a smaller and more natural look. Most often, patients seeking Otoplasty are those who are born with protruding ears and are seeking a correction. Board-certified surgeon, Dr. Gordon Kaplan performs Otoplasty right at his in-house surgical center in Edgewater, NJ.
Benefits of Otoplasty
Some of the benefits of Otoplasty include:
- Correction of prominent ears or unfolded helix
- A boost in self-confidence
- Improved facial and ear symmetry
The results of Otoplasty are visible almost immediately following surgery, especially in patients with protruding or enlarged ears once the dressings are removed. This procedure offers permanent results and as the ears are pinned closer to the head, any scars on well-hidden behind the natural fold of the patient’s ear. Results will improve as surgical swelling fades over the course of a few weeks.
Ideal Candidate for Otoplasty
The best candidates for Otoplasty are patients who are born with prominent or protruding ears. Other candidates include patients who might’ve had otoplasty in the past, and are unhappy with the procedure. Though this procedure should not have to be performed twice, Dr. Gordon Kaplan specializes in Otoplasty correction.
- Protruding or prominent ears
- Ear symmetry imbalance caused by a birth defect
- Excess skin or cartilage behind the ear
- Deformities caused by an accident or trauma
- Previous Otoplasty correction
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"I have been seeing Dr. Kaplan since 2018. Dr. Kaplan has a very unique personality with a great sense of humor that immediately makes you feel welcomed and at ease. He always starts off by asking you what you’ll like to get done and then he gives you an honest professional opinion based on what he sees and what can benefit you. I have gotten several procedures done with Dr. Kaplan and quite honestly he is the only doctor I trust with my face. Dr. Kaplan’s procedures and treatments on my face have been subtle with a rejuvenated glow! I always tell him "don’t make me look crazy" lol of course he never does! He knows exactly what I need to look freshened up. I totally recommend him! Also the staff (Elizabeth & Christina) are super sweet!"- S.L. / Yelp / Nov 30, 2020
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Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure that uses a local anesthetic (or general anesthesia if needed). During the surgery, Dr. Kaplan will remove excess skin from behind the ear. Manipulating the cartilage, will effectively “pin” the patient’s ear back to a more normal contour. Once this initial process is complete, sutures are used to shape the ears to the patient’s desired position. Ear reduction surgery usually takes 1 to 2 hours, depending on the complexity of the patient’s given anatomy.
- In-house surgical center
- 1 to 2-hour duration
- Dressings and sutures removed in less than 1 week
Dressings on the ears from Otoplasty are typically removed in a couple of days. During the healing process, patients may experience slight swelling, redness, or tenderness. However, most patients return to normal activity within the first week following surgery. Dr. Kaplan and his certified staff will advise on adjustments to usual sleeping positions during the early stages of recovery as this can impact healing.
It is important to choose a plastic surgeon that is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery when considering any ear reduction procedure. You can learn more about Otoplasty in NJ by scheduling your consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Gordon Kaplan, by calling his office or schedule using our online appointment scheduling form.
Otoplasty at The Kaplan Center in NY and NJ
We are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the Otoplasty treatment. As a premier cosmetic surgery and aesthetic treatment facility in New York and New Jersey, we are well-prepared to serve your Otoplasty needs. To learn more about an Otoplasty treatment with The Kaplan Center or to request a consultation at our New York City or Edgewater, please call our office or Contact Us to discuss your options.
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- Average Cost
- $700 - $1,400
- Recovery Time
- 1 – 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 45 Minutes