Ear Pinning New Jersey

Ear PinningCosmetic surgery of the face also deals with issues other than those associated with aging. One procedure that shouldn’t be overlooked is called surgery ear pinning performed to correct protruding “Dumbo” ears. The problem develops in early childhood and can affect psychological development. Girls frequently wear their hair down to cover their large ears. The ear pinning surgical procedure, also known as otoplasty, can improve this condition, even in children, by reshaping the ears to protrude less.

What is the Ear Pinning (Otolasty) procedure?

An incision is placed behind the ear permitting access to the cartilage which is then folded and stitched back, providing a more natural contour, with less protrusion. After the ear pinning procedure, a bandage is worn for several days to help with healing. There may be some swelling after the procedure, but overall the ears show immediate improvement and the swelling disappears after several weeks*.

How old should someone be for Ear Pinning (Otoplasty) treatment?

The best time to perform an otoplasty is when the ears have reached about 85% of their final size, which typically occurs around the age of 4-5 years*. Anesthesia at this age is very safe. Children at the age of 4-5, particularly if they are aware that their ears are “different” , are very cooperative for surgery. Performing an ear pinning surgery during early childhood helps to improve self confidence and esteem. If there are any concerns about the “maturity” of a child, the surgery can be postponed to any age, even adulthood.*

For more details and to find out if you are a candidate for ear pinning please contact us to schedule a consultation or call our office at 973-912-9120. You may also use our online consultation tool provided on this page.

* = Results may vary


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Beverly Friedlander MD