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What is otoplasty ear surgery?

Otoplasty is cosmetic ear surgery, sometimes called ear pinning surgery, to correct the appearance of protruding ears, asymmetrical ears, or overly large ears. NYC plastic surgeon, Dr. Karlinsky, is expertly trained in safely and effectively addressing ear concerns in children and adults.

Why choose ear surgery?

  • 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 is expertly trained to safely and effectively address ear concerns for both children and adults. She performs ear surgery on children who are as young as five;
however, she recommends that parents do not select ear
surgery for their child until the child is eager and ready for
the procedure. Dr. Karlinsky also performs 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 or Brooklyn.


How is otoplasty performed by Dr. Karlinsky?

During otoplasty Dr. Karlinsky makes 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, she simply bends the cartilage as she pulls back the ears and “pins” them closer to the head with stitches.

How should we prepare for otoplasty?

Dr. Karlinsky will outline all pre-surgery guidelines during your consultation. NSAIDs such as aspirin, Advil® or ibuprofen, and Aleve®, and blood thinning medication and 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 performs otoplasty on most patients in under 2 hours.

Will my child have to stay overnight for otoplasty surgery?

Definitely not! Otoplasty is safely performed under general anesthesia with just a few hours of in-office recovery afterward.

How long does recovery take?

Following cosmetic ear surgery at our New York City location, a soft, Velcro headband is worn full-time for about a week to relieve tension on the sutures and ease healing. Dr. Karlinsky recommends that the patient stay home from school or work for one week following otoplasty. After that time, she suggests that the headband continue to be worn part-time, usually during sleep, for a couple more weeks to ensure comfortable and complete healing.

Are their risks associated with otoplasty surgery?

Otoplasty by Dr. Karlinsky 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’s cell phone immediately.

How long do otoplasty results last?

Otoplasty surgery is permanent; 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 otoplasty cost?

Otoplasty is an affordable cosmetic surgery option for achieving smaller or less noticeable ears. Dr. Karlinsky will detail all costs for you during your initial consultation.

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What are Dr. Karlinsky’s patients saying after otoplasty?

Dr. Karlinsky’s Manhattan patients are extremely pleased with their ear surgery results. Read their feedback here.

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