Ear Pinning by Boston Otoplasty Specialist Dr. Bartlett

Doctor Bartlett - Otoplasty

Children and adults with prominent ears can feel extremely self conscious. Children are often teased in school and return home in tears. Adult women often recount that they never wear their hair up because of their ears. Fortunately, an ear set back, or otoplasty procedure, can solve these problems.

Richard A. Bartlett, M.D. sees many pediatric patients in Boston for both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery and is adept at putting children at ease. If you are considering otoplasty for your child, it is best to consult with Dr. Bartlett to determine the appropriate time to schedule the procedure. Otoplasty can generally be performed as soon as the ears are fully developed, usually at 5 to 6 years of age.

Otoplasty – What to Expect

  • About the Procedure – otoplasty involves reshaping the ear through an expertly placed incision behind the ear
  • Anesthesia – most children have the ear pinning procedure done under a general anesthetic, but adults often have surgery under a local anesthetic or intravenous sedation
  • Post Surgery – a “turban-like” bandage is worn for 4 to 7 days after the procedure (usually a week for children). Younger patients are instructed that they cannot participate in sports, rough activities or swimming for 8 weeks. Adults are allowed to exercise after 2 weeks