Ear Pinning

About ear pinning (otoplasty)

Ear pinning (otoplasty) is a surgical procedure performed to “tuck” back protruding ears. By manipulating the skin and/or cartilage behind the ears, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at 63 Skin Clinic can more appropriately align the ears with the side of the head.

Ears which stick prominently outward from the side of the head can cause overwhelming emotional stress and self consciousness, especially in children. Often due to heredity, protruding ears are a result of insufficient folding inside the outer rim of the ear, excessive cartilage along the back of the ear where it connects to the head or a combination of the two. Otoplasty will not improve hearing problems, change the size of the ears or make ears perfectly symmetrical.

Otoplasty is one of very few cosmetic procedures that can be safely performed early in life. It can be done as early as age five or six, when the ears reach full development. Children often become aware of their protruding ears when subjected to teasing at school. Just as orthodontic treatment is commonly sought to correct poor teeth alignment, so should otoplasty be sought to improve poor ear positioning.

Your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at 63 Laser & Skin Clinic will be happy to discuss otoplasty with you during a free consultation. Make an appointment today.