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Ear Pinning Surgery

The decision to have plastic surgery is a very personal one. We will provide compassionate care throughout the process, whether the surgery is for you or your child.

Ear surgery, known as otoplasty, is done to improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. It is commonly done on children between the ages of four and 14, but can also be done for adults.

There are a number of reasons people have ear surgery. These include:

  • Protruding ears, to create proportion to the face
  • Large ears
  • Fix misshapen ears from an injury
  • Lop ears, the tip seems to fold down and forward
  • Cupped ear, a very small ear
  • Shell ear, the curve in the outer rim and natural folds and creases are missing
  • Large or stretched earlobes
  • Torn earlobes

We want you to be informed before making your choices. Our caring team will take the time to listen to your needs and fully explain everything. We will develop a personal plan customized for your needs. You can feel confident in our excellent care.

Your surgeon will meet with you to discuss the process including:

  • Surgery technique
  • Recovery

Surgery technique

There are different techniques used for ear pinning surgery. Your surgeon will determine the best technique for your individual situation. There will be a faint scar on the back of the ear which is often hidden. Surgery is generally done on both ears, even if only one ear appears to stick out. This will create a better balance and appearance.


It is important to follow your surgeon’s instructions for the best recovery. Bandages must stay on for the specified length of time for the best molding and healing. You should avoid any activity that could possibly bend the ear for at least one month following surgery.

Each ear surgery is based on an individual’s body and goals. We would be happy to schedule a consultation to answer any questions you may have and provide our recommendation on what we think is best for your situation. You will be well taken care of at HealthPartners Plastic Surgery. We are confident you will be pleased with the results.

Please call the practice for any inquiries

We offer complimentary consultations for cosmetic and skin rejuvenation services. For other procedures, patients are responsible for any health insurance co-pay or deductibles.

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