Ear Pinning

Ears that protrude significantly from the head can be improved by ear pinning. Other candidates for ear pinning are individuals who have unusually large or undesirably shaped ears. Ears with normal folds and shape, with normal protrusion from the side of the head, are achieved through ear pinning.

Podcast Episode: Ear Pinning - Procedure & Benefits

Otoplasty, or “ear pinning”, is a procedure where excess cartilage in the ear is removed and contoured to allow the ears to lay closer to the head. This is usually done under local anesthesia.

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How is an ear pinning procedure performed?

On an outpatient basis, the procedure is completed under sedation and local anesthesia. The ears are usually bandaged for several days with a turban-like dressing that wraps around the head. Initial discomfort is mild and can be controlled with oral medication. The procedure can take place beginning at age 5 and be performed any time thereafter.

Recovery after ear pinning

Within 10 to 20 days, an improved ear appearance should be noticeable. To protect the ears, a thin stocking cap or headband is worn overnight for 3 weeks after the first dressing is removed. It is recommended ear pinning patients avoid contact sports for a month.

Insurance Guidelines

In children or youth cases, insurance frequently pays. Our staff can assist you in making that determination.

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