Ear Pinning (Otoplasty)

What is ear pinning?

Surgery of the ear, also known as otoplasty, is a procedure that helps reduce protrusion of the ear away from the head. Most often, ear surgery is performed on children between the ages of four to fourteen. Ears that “stick out” are often the source of teasing and ridicule in young children. This teasing can have a devastating effect on the child’s psyche.

Otoplasty is not limited to children and may also be performed on older patients. Cosmetic procedures are available for those individuals with large ears and for those with congenital irregularities.

You may want ear pinning if you:

  • Suffer from emotional distress due to your ears
  • Desire to bring proportion to your face
  • Need correction for folded ear tips (lop ear)
  • Wish to reshape long or offset earlobes
  • Wish to enhance very small ears or other congenital defects.
  • Want to remedy an accidental injury including the loss of an ear

The Ear Pinning (Otoplasty)

Procedure:

Ear surgery is commonly performed under general anesthesia for children and local anesthesia for adults. The standard otoplasty procedure brings the ears closer to the head. Otoplasty begins with an incision hidden in the crease behind the ear. This incision allows the cartilage located behind the ears to be reshaped in order to position them closer to the head. The procedure takes approximately one to two hours, depending upon the extent of surgery.

There are various surgical techniques involved in correcting irregularities other than protruding ears. These techniques can be discussed with your physician during the initial consultation.