Patients of all ages can undergo ear pinning surgery 

Ear pinning surgery is a common procedure for children and adults in Charlotte, NC. This procedure, also known as otoplasty, most commonly helps correct protruding ears. However, it can also help with other ear issues people may feel self conscious about. Ear pinning can also correct defects to the ear structure, damage done by injuries, and make overly large ears smaller and more symmetrical.  

Though many adults can and do have this procedure, many children undergo it as well. Children must usually be between the ages of five and six to be considered for ear pinning surgery. The doctor can determine if it is a good option for your child following a consultation.  

 Otoplasty reshapes the ear through an incision on the back of the ear 

When performing this procedure, the doctor will make an incision on the back of the ear, and this means any remaining scar will not be visible to most people. The surgeon will then go in through this incision and reshape the ear to move it closer to the head and do any other reshaping that is needing to ensure natural looking results for the patient. 

Patients will need to keep the ear bandaged for about five days after surgery 

Though most patients require only a few days of rest at home before they feel well enough to return to work, some may choose to remain resting at home for longer. Following ear pinning surgery, a bandage will be placed over the ear. This bandage must stay on for about five days. It is important it not be jostled or removed early as this can affect your results. Once it and the stitches are removed patients should be careful not to cause any trauma to the ear until it is fully healed. Most patients are fully healed after four weeks. 

Insurance will not usually cover the surgery or any related costs 

One concern many people have when considering ear pinning surgery is the cost of the procedure. Unfortunately, most insurance companies do not cover operations that are done for cosmetic reasons, which ear pinning often is. This means patients will need to save to be able to pay for the procedure and time off work while recovering.  

If the procedure is done for medical reasons, such as restoring hearing to a patient, some insurance companies may help cover the expense. It is best to contact your insurance provider directly to see if the surgery is covered or not.  

Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon 

Charlotte, NC surgeon Dr. Sean Freeman has years of experience performing ear pinning surgery. Dr. Freeman is the area’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon and has focused his practice exclusively on facial cosmetic surgery since 1988. Dr. Freeman is also double board certified. Be sure to contact his office today to schedule a consultation.