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Otoplasty – Ear Pinning

Oversized and protruding ears can be a source of embarrassment and ridicule for many patients, including both children and adults. However, with the help of an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon, the appearance of your ears can be corrected and your confidence restored. Dr. Kenrick Spence proudly offers otoplasty (ear surgery) to patients in the Raleigh area. He is a renowned facial plastic surgeon in North Carolina who understands the careful blend of artistry and skill that it takes to restore the ears to their ideal shape, position and proportion.

Otoplasty or ear pinning is a cosmetic ear surgery designed to address congenital deformities of the ear. It is a very conventional and highly sought after procedure that can be life changing for many patients. At Forever Faces Plastic Surgery, we adhere to state-of-the-art technique and a patient-centered approach when performing ear pinning surgery, ensuring your results are balanced, natural-looking and attractive.

Candidates for otoplasty surgery include those with the following ear anomalies:

  • Excessively Large Ears (Marcotia)
  • Protruding or Misshaped Ears
  • Prominent Ear Deformity
  • Lop Ear Deformity

Minimally Invasive Ear Reduction Surgery

Ear pinning or ear reduction surgery is a minimally invasive procedure where incisions are discreetly made behind the ears. Depending on the needs of the patient, Dr. Spence can reshape the cartilage of the ear, remove excess skin or tissue as well as position the ears closer to the head. Regardless of what your needs are, you can trust that we will provide beautifully sculpted and naturally balanced results. At Forever Faces Plastic Surgery, we always conduct a detailed evaluation of your overall facial aesthetics before proceeding with your otoplasty. This allows Dr. Spence to carefully consider your unique skin and bone structure as well as listen to your specific goals for surgery.

If you are a woman who avoids wearing your hair up because of prominent ears or you have a child who is teased for big ears at school, we can help. While otoplasty is beneficial and quite common for children who have protruding ears, the procedure should not be performed until after the ears have reached their full growth, or between 5 and 6 years old.

To learn more about ear reduction surgery from Raleigh’s leading facial plastic surgeon, please contact Forever Faces Plastic Surgery today. From the moment you walk in our doors, you will be met with professional, attentive and state-of-the-art care.

Ear Pinning (Otoplasty) FAQ

I am now in my thirties and have always been bothered by the size and prominence of my ears. Can anything be done at this stage?
Yes, Otoplasty (ear pinning) can be performed at any age. Many Otoplasties are performed at Forever Faces Plastic Surgery. As long as the patient is in good health and can tolerate anesthesia, they are a candidate.

Can Otoplasty be performed under local anesthesia?
Yes, many patients undergo Otoplasty under local anesthesia.

How do I know if I need Otoplasty (ear pinning) vs. ear reconstruction?
Patients who are candidates for ear pinning have all the normal anatomic elements of an ear, just displaced. Patients who have missing portions of the ear such as the lobe or portions of the rim will need an ear reconstruction.

What is the down time for Otoplasty?
Dr. Spence typically asks the patients undergoing Otoplasty at Forever Faces to refrain from rigorous sporting activities for six weeks. Routine activities of daily living can be resumed almost immediately. Depending on the age of the patient they may be asked to wear a protective ear cap for one to two weeks after surgery.

One ear is more prominent than the other. Can this be fixed?
Yes, this is not uncommon. Improved symmetry can be achieved with surgery.

Is Otoplasty an outpatient procedure?
Yes, Otoplasty (ear pinning) at Forever Faces Plastic Surgery is an outpatient procedure.

What are some of the risks of Otoplasty?
Some of the risks are recurrence, bleeding, and infection:

  • Trauma is one of the most common reasons why Otoplasty (ear pinning) operations fail. It is extremely important to protect the ear after surgery.
  • Bleeding after surgery can be manifested by pain and increased swelling. It is important to notify your surgeon immediately should this occur.
  • Infection after Otoplasty is uncommon. Dr. Spence will provide you with a special cleaning regimen for your ears prior to surgery to counteract bacteria that lives in the ear canal.