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Otoplasty (Ear Pinning) Plastic Surgery in Valdosta, South Georgia and North Central Florida

The term otoplasty refers to the reshaping or reforming or “pinning” of the ears. Most commonly, the procedure is performed to correct prominent ears by setting them back closer to the head. Each individual’s ears are different however, and otoplasty may refer to correction of a number of different ear conditions. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sonya J. Merriman brings her skill, experience and training to performing this procedure for children and adults.

For children, large and/or protruding ears can result in teasing or name-calling which can make adjustment to school difficult, sad or painful and reduce self-confidence as they enter adulthood. Fortunately, this is a problem which can be easily corrected once a child’s ears grow to their full size, usually between five and six years of age.

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Many people in the South Georgia area have considered otoplasty plastic surgery for themselves or their children for some of the following reasons:

  • To set prominent or protruding ears closer to the head
  • To reduce the size of large ears
  • To help your child to gain self-confidence
  • To feel more comfortable with your appearance

For children, pinning the ears is a common technique used during otoplasty to achieve the desired result. Performing otoplasty plastic surgery for adults in the Plantation Trace and South Georgia region, Dr. Merriman may select a different approach. For adults, Dr. Merriman may also reshape or reduce the size of the ears to help them appear symmetrical and streamlined with the contours of the face.

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During your individual consultation with Dr. Merriman, she will explain the options available should you choose otoplasty for yourself or your child. She will answer all your questions. It is Dr. Merriman’s goal is to create trust and rapport with each patient.

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Merriman always strives to provide the safest and most effective plastic surgery procedures while achieving the best possible result.

You will be treated with professionalism, kindness, and exceptional skill.

Meet with us and discover a clinic where we focus on creating natural-looking results in every procedure.

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Our Plan for Resuming In-Office Patient Care

We are pleased to annouce our very soft re-opening to patients this Monday, May 4th. We are not opening to full capacity as we are closely following the recommendations of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and our numerous professional affiliations and governing boards. We will be seeing a very limited number of patients per day. The following outlines our plan and what we are doing to keep you safe.


You will be called the day before your appointment and screened for any symptoms. Any symptoms will require rescheduling.

Upon your arrival your temperature will be taken and you will be asked to rescheduled if over 100.0.

You must wear a mask upon entering the building and will only remove if getting a procedure done on the face. We ask that you please bring a mask to your appointment. Due to limited availability we will provide a mask to you for a charge of $5.

No one can accompany you into the office unless there are significant mobility or communication issues you need help with and in that case only one person can come with you. You may not bring children to your appointment.

Our waiting room is closed. You may enter the building to check in and gather any paperwork you may require and return to your car. You will be called when your room is ready.

Office Safety and Sanitation

Employees will also complete a daily questionnaire and have their temperature taken and will be sent home if there are any symptoms. Employees will wear personal protective equipment throughout your entire visit.

Each room and all areas that patients and employees touch including office supplies or equipment will be sanitized thoroughly between patients according to CDC guidelines.

We have missed you and look forward to seeing you back in the office!

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