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Ear Pinning (Otoplasty)

Otoplasty, also known as ear pinning, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that is performed to improve the shape, position, or proportion of the ear.

Ear Pinning

Otoplasty, also known as ear pinning, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that is performed to improve the shape, position, or proportion of the ear. It can be done to correct a variety of ear-related issues, including protruding ears, large earlobes, and asymmetry between the two ears.


During the procedure, the surgeon will make incisions behind the ear, reshape the cartilage, and then suture the ear in a position that is closer to the head or in a more aesthetically pleasing shape. Otoplasty is typically performed on children who have ears that are disproportionately large or that stick out, but it can also be done on adults who are unhappy with the appearance of their ears.

The Ideal Candidate

Otoplasty may be a suitable option for individuals who are self-conscious about the size, shape, or position of their ears. Good candidates for otoplasty include:

  1. Children between the ages of 5 and 14 who have ears that protrude significantly from the head.

  2. Adults who have always been self-conscious about the appearance of their ears.

  3. Individuals who have suffered an injury or trauma to the ear that has resulted in disfigurement.

  4. People with asymmetrical ears.

  5. Those who have stretched or torn earlobes due to heavy earrings or accidents.

However, not everyone is a good candidate for otoplasty. People with certain medical conditions, such as bleeding disorders, heart problems, or infections, may not be suitable candidates. Additionally, individuals who smoke or who have unrealistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure may not be good candidates


The downtime for otoplasty surgery can vary depending on the extent of the procedure and the individual's healing process. Generally, patients can expect to experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort for several days after surgery. The ears may also be covered with a dressing or bandage for a few days to protect them and aid in the healing process.


Patients are usually advised to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for at least two weeks after surgery to allow the ears to heal properly. It is also important to avoid sleeping on the side or rubbing the ears, as this can cause damage to the healing tissue.


Most patients are able to return to work or school within a week or two after surgery, depending on the nature of their job or activities. However, it is important to follow the surgeon's post-operative instructions carefully to ensure a smooth recovery and optimal results. The final results of otoplasty may take several weeks to fully emerge, as the swelling and bruising subside and the ears settle into their new position.

Alternative Treatments

There are a few alternative options to otoplasty that may be suitable for some individuals depending on their needs and goals.

  1. Non-surgical ear reshaping: This is a non-invasive alternative to otoplasty that uses special ear molds to reshape the ear without the need for surgery. The molds are worn for several weeks and gradually reshape the ear cartilage over time. This method is best suited for individuals with mild to moderate ear protrusion.

  2. Fillers: Injectable fillers can be used to reshape the earlobes and fill in any depressions or asymmetry. This method is temporary and may need to be repeated periodically to maintain the results.

  3. Camouflage techniques: Makeup, hairstyles, or accessories such as hats or headbands can be used to conceal the appearance of the ears and create a more balanced and proportionate look.

It is important to note that these alternative options may not be as effective as otoplasty in achieving significant ear reshaping and repositioning.

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