Ears / Otoplasty

Otoplasty (Ear Pinning) Surgery in New York

What is otoplasty surgery

Otoplasty, or ear pinning,  can improve the shape and position of the ears as well as reduce the size if they are in proportionately large compared to other facial features. While this procedure is most commonly performed on children around five or six years old, it is also an option for adults who wish to improve their appearance. 

Our compassionate team understands that irregularly shaped ears may make a person feel self-conscious. We believe that everybody deserves to walk into a room confidently, so we proudly offer otoplasty as an effective ear surgery that can help patients get back to living their most fulfilling lives. 

Let’s take a closer look at understanding this procedure who benefits the most from it, and what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.

The Perfect Candidate for Otoplasty Surgery

People who benefit most from this type of ear surgery are those in generally good health, non-smokers, can stop taking certain medications that may interfere with the procedure, and can follow necessary recovery instructions. It requires a full medical examination to determine if someone is a good fit for any procedure. 

Corrects: Protruding, asymmetric or oversized ears.
Length of Procedure: 1-2 hours
Number of Treatments: 1
Longevity: Permanent
Recovery Time: 5 days

While there is no upper age limit for this type of surgery, it is commonly performed on children. Parents are encouraged to wait until the age of five to seven when the ears are fully developed. At this point, the auricle (or outer ear) is nearly or fully developed, meaning the surgery can be effective. If the procedure can be performed before the child enters school, potential psychological trauma from teasing can be avoided. For some patients, it also may prove to be an easier recovery if they get ear pinning when they are younger. 

While ear pinning is common for younger patients, it can also be a solution for older people as well. With aging, our ears tend to enlarge and become floppy. This is also correctable with a form of otoplasty which is easily done on its own or combined with a facelift surgery.

A complete consultation can provide even more information about if a patient is a right candidate for this procedure. 

Otoplasty Before and after

The Otoplasty Transformation

What to Expect During the Consultation

Before the procedure, the plastic surgeon will walk patients through what they can expect from start to finish. The consultation is a very important part of the procedure process because this is a great time or patients to ask questions and for the surgeon to provide more information about the ear surgery.

During the consultation, the following will be discussed:

  • Patient medical history
  • Questions or concerns
  • Examine the patient skin characteristics
  • Discuss goals and expectations 

The doctor will examine the patient's ears and head to determine the best solution for correcting any symmetry issues. Sometimes, only one ear sticks out, but almost always, both ears will need to be adjusted to ensure balance. Typically, surgeons suggest general anesthesia for younger patients and local anesthesia for adult patients in order to have the best surgery experience and healing process. 

Once it is determined that the patient is the right candidate for the procedure, the doctor will then go on to discuss possible complications, costs, and recovery timelines. 


Here at Dagan MD, we're committed to helping you look and feel your best after undergoing one of our
signature minimally-invasive otoplasty surgeries. We take great care to discuss your individual otoplasty needs
and come up with a comprehensive surgical plan for you. Our board-certified team of otoplasty experts will
work alongside you to envision results with the help of Dr. Tal Dagan's acclaimed 3D printing visualization
techniques. If you choose Dagan MD for your otoplasty in NYC, you can rest assured that your recovery time
will be a fraction of the recovery time for traditional otoplasty techniques.

Let us help you get started looking and feeling years younger in no time. Call us today at (212) 585-3242
to schedule a consultation or use our online form to contact us for more information.

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