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Ear Reshaping

Ear Pinning New York (Otoplasty)

Nicely shaped ears usually go unnoticed. But having ears that are large, misshapen, or that stick out draws unwanted attention that can erode a person’s self-esteem and self-confidence over a lifetime. Children with protruding ears are often subjected to teasing by peers; teens and adults can become withdrawn and self-conscious about the appearance of their ears.

You can give your child, or even yourself, a new lease on life with ear reshaping in NYC. The New York Group for Plastic Surgery has been providing reconstructive and cosmetic surgery with a supportive and caring approach for over 27 years. Our patients, who visit us from the New York City, Tarrytown and Tri-State areas, appreciate our highly skilled and experienced team of plastic surgeons who produce natural-looking improvements.

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Benefits of Ear Pinning

Plastic surgery of the ear, technically known as “otoplasty,” should be performed after the ear is fully developed at around age 4. Our New York patients typically range from 4 to 14 years old, although adults of all ages can benefit from the procedure. The improvements provided by ear shaping include:

  • Repositioning protruding ears closer to the head
  • Reducing the size of large ears
  • Correcting misshapen ears, such as “lop ears” (when the tip folds down and forward), and “shell ears” (when the curve in the outer rim of the ear is missing)
  • Enhancing ear lobes that are oversized, stretched, or wrinkled
  • Improving symmetry between ear shape or size
  • Creating new ears for patients with birth defects
  • Reconstructing ears damaged by injury

Making The Decision For Your Otoplasty In New York

Deciding whether to schedule your child for elective plastic surgery can be a difficult for a parent. Cosmetic ear pinning usually benefits our New York patients the most when performed at an early age, as ear cartilage is still pliable and easily shaped, and emotional damage is at a minimum. A positive outcome is most likely if parents choose the surgery with their child’s best interests in mind. Our supportive and knowledgeable ear surgeon in New York City will take the time to help you make a rational and educated decision about your child’s appearance that could impact his or her self-esteem for a lifetime.

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“Dr. Salzberg and his team all went above and beyond my expectations. He truly cares about his patients. His hard work and wonderful personality made me feel so at ease and worry free! I couldn't have been in better hands!”

What To Expect From Ear Pinning In New York

Ear shaping plastic surgery is performed in our on-site, New York outpatient facility. Young children are usually put under general anesthesia so they are not awake during the procedure. Older children and adults are usually put under heavy sedation with local anesthesia. The procedure usually takes 2 to 3 hours, but this time can increase with the complexity of the procedure.

After ear shaping surgery, the patient’s head is heavily wrapped to encourage healing and proper shaping. After a few days, the surgeon will fit a lighter dressing similar to a headband that will be worn for 1 or more weeks, depending on the extent of your surgery.

The patient will need to refrain from strenuous activity and avoid any impact to the ears as they heal. Most adults can return to work after about 5 days; children can return to school after about 7 days under restricted playground activity.

When chosen with clear and realistic expectations, our patients are delighted with their results. Wouldn’t it be great to be noticed for your eyes or your smile, instead of your ears? Let the New York Group for Plastic Surgery help you gain confidence through an improved, natural look.


Are you ready to find out more about otoplasty surgery in NYC? Request your consultation online, or give us a call at 888-664-8381 or 914-366-6139 (Tarrytown). At the New York Group for Plastic Surgery, we serve patients in the entire Hudson River Valley, Northern New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania and Western Connecticut.

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