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Ear Surgery

Ear Pinning Surgery (Otoplasty) in NYC

Many children and adults with large or protruding ears struggle with low self-esteem or are embarrassed by their appearance. Ear pinning surgery with Dr. Karlinsky and Dr. Vega is designed to bring the ears closer to the head for a well-balanced facial appearance.

What can ear surgery fix?

  • Correct the appearance of protruding ears
  • Balance asymmetrical ears
  • Reduce the size of overly large ears

Is ear surgery right for my child?

Dr. Karlinsky and Dr. Vega are expertly trained to safely and effectively address ear concerns for both children and adults. They perform ear surgery on children who are as young as five; however, we recommend that parents do not select ear surgery for their child until the child is eager and ready for the procedure. We also perform otoplasty on adults who wish to cosmetically address ear concerns.

Find out more about otoplasty. Schedule your consultation at either of our NYC locations: Manhattan, Westchester or Brooklyn.

How is otoplasty performed?

During an otoplasty procedure, Dr. Karlinsky and Dr. Vega make an incision behind each ear where the ear meets the head. In some patients, a small amount of ear cartilage may be removed to achieve the desired results. In other patients, they may simply bend the cartilage as they pull back the ears and “pins” them closer to the head with internal sutures and external stitches.

How should we prepare for otoplasty?

Dr. Karlinsky and Dr. Vega will outline all pre-surgery guidelines during your consultation. NSAIDs such as aspirin, Advil® or ibuprofen, and Aleve®, and blood thinning medication must be avoided 10-14 days before and after surgery. Adults will be required to quit smoking for one month surrounding the surgery.

How long does otoplasty surgery take?

Dr. Karlinsky and Dr. Vega perform otoplasty on most patients in under two hours.

Will my child have to stay overnight for otoplasty surgery?

Neither you nor your child will require an overnight hospital stay following ear surgery. Otoplasty is safely performed under general anesthesia with just a few hours of in-office recovery afterward.

How long does ear surgery recovery take?

Following cosmetic ear surgery at our New York cosmetic surgery location, a soft, velcro headband is worn full-time for about a week to relieve tension on the sutures and ease healing. We recommend that the patient stays home from school or work for one week following otoplasty. After that time, we suggest that the headband continue to be worn part-time—usually during sleep—for a couple more weeks to ensure comfortable and complete healing.

Any risks associated with otoplasty surgery?

Otoplasty is extremely safe and effective. Similar to other cosmetic surgery procedures, risks could include infection, bleeding, or poor scarring. However, otoplasty scars are very minor and are well-hidden behind the folds of the ears.

Patients experiencing any unusual or concerning symptoms are advised to call Dr. Karlinsky or Dr. Vega’s cell phone immediately.

Will my otoplasty results last?

Otoplasty surgery result can vary by patient and is long lasting; however, depending on the age at which the procedure is performed and the child’s growth rate, it is possible that a revision could be needed in the future.

How much does ear surgery cost?

At New Look New Life, ear surgery starts as low as $4,500. You will be given a detailed quote during your consultation. The cost of your ear surgery will include your surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, facility and operating room fees, required garments, and all of your follow-up visits. Click here for information on how to pay for your ear surgery in New York.

What are patients saying after otoplasty?

Our New York patients are extremely pleased with their ear surgery results. Read their feedback here.

At New Look New Life, helping you achieve beautiful results with minimal time away from your busy life is our goal. Dr. Victoria Karlinsky and Dr. Elena Vega are New York cosmetic surgeons whose eye for detail and careful attention to their patients showcases itself in the gorgeous and natural-looking results they are able to provide. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Karlinsky or Dr. Vega, give our office a call today at one of our three New York locations (Manhattan, Westchester and Brooklyn) and get ready for a new, more confident you.

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Meet Our Physician Team

Victoria Karlinsky Elena Vega

Victoria Karlinksy M.D. and Elena Vega, D.O.

Our cosmetic surgeons are highly-skilled and trained as facial and body sculpting specialists with extensive experience in all aspects of cosmetic surgery and treatments.

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