Ear Pinning (Otoplasty)

Ear Pinning or Otoplasty is an operation designed to create more normal-looking ears for people whose ears protrude excessively from the side of the head. Most otoplasties are performed on children so the correction is completed before a child can be teased or ridiculed, as can often happen. Surprisingly, ears have reached about 80% of adult size by age five or six, so an ear pinning operation during childhood is appropriate. If, for some reason, an otoplasty was not performed in the early years, it is a straightforward operation for teens and adults, as well.

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For children, the plastic surgeons at La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre & Medical Spa usually perform otoplasty using general anesthesia on an outpatient basis or for a very short stay. For teens or adults, ear pinning is a very comfortable operation to have on an outpatient basis and can even be done under local sedation.

Young girl before and after ear pinning

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There are a number of surgical techniques for correcting ears that stick out too far. The goal of all the ear pinning methods is to create ears that look more normal without visible scars. The most common methods leave a scar on the back of the ears that is essentially invisible unless the ear is folded forward.

Following surgery, a wraparound head/ear dressing is usually left in place for several days. Pain is usually minimal. Sometimes, the desired correction is not maintained over time but this is uncommon. All of the normal risks of any operation including infection and thick or wide scars can occur.

Ear Pinning is normally a very well tolerated operation with happy outcomes. If you are interested in more information about an otoplasty, we suggest you make an appointment with one of La Jolla Cosmetic’s board certified plastic surgeons.

Since 1988, more than 32,000 patients have had safe, successful procedures at La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre & Medical Spa.

Earlobe Reduction

You may be a candidate for an earlobe reduction if you have earlobes that have become wide and elongated. The goal is to have shortened or smaller-appearing earlobes.

This procedure is done on an outpatient basis and usually while you are under local anesthesia. An earlobe reduction involves removing skin of the earlobes. This is done in a variety of ways, leaving a different scar in each situation. The exact way the skin is removed will be determined by your plastic surgeon. The skin is sutured together after removal of the excess skin.

Please contact La Jolla Cosmetic, San Diego, at (858) 452-1981 for more information on our cosmetic surgery procedures.