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Otoplasty FAQ

December 4, 2014

Am I too old for correction of the prominent ear? Too young?

There are generally two subsets of patients who present for ear-pinning and/or reshaping, the child who is brought in by a concerned parent, and the older […]
December 4, 2014

Am I too old for correction of the prominent ear? Too young?

There are generally two subsets of patients who present for ear-pinning and/or reshaping, the child who is brought in by a concerned parent, and the older […]
December 4, 2014

Can correction of the prominent ear (otoplasty) be performed on children who are less than five years of age?

It is best to undertake repair of the prominent ear just before first grade. At that point, the ear has attained roughly 85% of it’s normal […]
December 4, 2014

Is otoplasty covered by insurance?

Typically, ear reshaping undertaken to repair deformities in the child is covered when there is concern for the possibility of psychological trauma as a result of […]
December 4, 2014

Where is otoplasty surgery performed?

Pinning of the ear(s) may be performed in an office operating room, an AAAASF approved surgical center, or a hospital operating room. Depending on the individual […]
December 4, 2014

How long does otoplasty take to perform?

The magnitude and nature of the problem, and whether both sides are addressed dictate what the operative times will be for ear-pinning and/or reshaping. Aside from […]
December 4, 2014

Where are otoplasty incisions made over the ear surface?

In the great majority of cases, over 90%, Dr. Gerzenshtein places the incisions over the posterior (backside) aspect of the ear(s). In cases requiring more than […]
December 4, 2014

Does otoplasty surgery leave scars?

Scars are not particular to the otoplasty procedure, but their prominence, or asymmetry if present, may be disturbing. Because the incision is placed behind the ear(s), […]
December 4, 2014

How long is the healing time after otoplasty or ear pinning?

Though all otoplasty patients recover at their own pace after ear reshaping, there are some general trends. The initial pain subsides over the course of two […]