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Ear Surgery/Pinning

What is Ear Pinning?
Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is a type of cosmetic plastic surgery aimed at setting prominent ears closer to the head, or reducing the size of larger ears. Surgery can also be used to build new ears for someone who is born without them or who lost them through injury. Ear surgery is often performed to help with the following ear problems:

  • Lop Ear - When the tip of the ear folds down and forward
  • Cupped Ear - A very small ear
  • Shell Ear - When the curve in the outer rim, as well as the natural folds and creases, are missing
  • Large or Stretched Earlobes
  • Lobes with Large Creases and Wrinkles

Each ear pinning procedure varies; however, the following are general guidelines for the surgery:

Location Options:

  • Surgeon's office-based surgical facility
  • Outpatient surgery center
  • Hospital outpatient
  • Hospital inpatient

Anesthesia Options:

  • General anesthesia for children
  • Local anesthesia, combined with a sedative (allows the patient to remain awake but relaxed) for adults

Average Length of Procedure
Several hours or longer.

Possible Short-Term Side Effects:
  • Throbbing in the Ears
  • Aching 

Who is a Candidate for Ear Pinning?

The operation is usually performed on children between the ages of 4 and 14, however, ear surgery for adults does occur.