Otoplasty, or ear pinning, is a surgical procedure that reduces the size or shape of the ears and can also change the ears’ position on the head for a more natural look.
In addition to changing the shape of ears that are too prominent, otoplasty can improve the appearance of ears that are misshapen due to injury or birth defect.
Procedure Length: 1 Hour
Anesthesia: General or Sedation
Recovery: You will be required to wear a head dressing for 1 week postop but otherwise able to return to work within 48-72 hours. No exercise for 3-4 weeks.
Deformities of the ear can be caused by genetics or trauma and are wide-ranging in complexity, but one common effect found in many with an ear deformity is reduced self-esteem and confidence, or even constant embarrassment. Otoplasty can give the ear a more natural shape and contour with minimal scarring.
What is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that aims to re-construct or re-shape the ear by addressing structural abnormalities or deformities. It can include adjusting the size and position between ears for symmetry. There are a number of surgical techniques a surgeon may use for the procedure, depending on the particular ear condition.
Through a one-on-one consult, Dr. Cluett’s approach is to understand your motivations and, with your desired outcomes in mind, will identify approaches that address your case and bring you through to your aftercare.
Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you are considering Breast Surgery or Abdominoplasty, your plastic surgery treatment will require that you make important decisions. Dr. Cluett wants to help you feel educated about your choices and has provided a list of frequently asked questions below.
Where Will Your Procedure Take Place?
Your initial consult will take place in Dr. Cluett’s office at 7 Paton Street, The Health Sciences Centre, St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital, or Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre. Your surgical procedure will take place in a fully-equipped and safe surgical facility. These medical centres bring with them a team of specialized health care practitioners with training and experience specific to these types of procedures. Your safety is key to the success of a procedure.
what about pre-op and aftercare?
Dr. Cluett will work to ensure your path to recovery is as smooth and short as possible. Your recovery will be unique to you, your body, and your surgical procedure, that’s why each patient needs a custom recovery programme. After your procedure, Dr. Cluett will meet with you to review your specific needs and recommended aftercare. Throughout the recovery process, should you have any questions, you can always call Dr. Cluett’s St. John’s office and her team will be able to provide you with answers, or schedule a follow up appointment.
Is a referral required for a consultation with Dr. Cluett?
Some consultations will be covered by MCP if you are referred by another physician. If you wish to avoid obtaining a referral it is possible to see Dr. Cluett. This will involve a one-time consultation fee.
Will my treatment be coverable by MCP?
If the concern you have is considered “cosmetic” by MCP standards, your treatment will not be covered. Unfortunately, the only way to know for sure if your treatment will be covered, is to see Dr. Cluett in consultation. After assessing your concerns, she will advise you as to whether or not MCP will cover your procedure based on your history as well as your physical problems.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Debit or cash. We are as well associated with Ifinance Medicard which is a company accustomed to financing cosmetic procedures. We will provide you with the necessary contact information so you can further investigate this option if requested.
Why should I choose a Plastic Surgeon for my cosmetic procedure?
A Plastic Surgeon is a surgical specialist who has completed a minimum of 5 years of study and training in plastic surgery after receiving their initial medical degree. This is different from a cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Cluett is the only female plastic surgeon in Newfoundland and Labrador.