Ear pinback, or “ear pinning”, or otoplasty is the most common cosmetic ear procedure. The surgery reduces the prominence of one or both ears, issues that can lead to confidence and self-image problems in both children and adults. But what actually happens before, during, and after the procedure? Let’s take a closer look.

  • Dr Kole places the patient under local or general anesthesia for what is commonly an outpatient procedure.
  • Dr Kole then makes an incision in the back of the bowl portion of the ear (concha).
  • Dr Kole removes the excess cartilage and skin in the bowl of the ear, reducing its size.
  • Using the room created by the cartilage removal, the doctor moves the ear closer to the head, reducing the angle and protrusion of the ear.
  • We then sutures the incision after confirming the symmetrical placement of the ear.
  • The patient recovers at home, where he or she may experience several weeks of bruising and swelling while the ear heals.
  • For a number of weeks after the procedure, the patient is asked to wear protective gear over his or her ears at night and to avoid activities that could adversely affect the results of the procedure.

Having oversized or protruding ears can deeply affect one’s self-esteem and overall appearance. An ear pinback gives patients an opportunity to correct this defect and achieve flatter, more symmetrical ears. If this cosmetic ear surgery sound like it may be right for you or your child, contact Pennsylvania ear surgeon Dr. Edward Kole today to schedule an appointment. Call our office today at 215-315-7655 or fill out our short contact form on the right side of this page.