Ear Pinning

Surgeons generally perform otoplasty to correct the size and/or placement of the ears when the patient is between four and fourteen years of age. But, it can also be performed safely and effectively at any age. The procedure involves making an incision in the fold behind the ear, removing some skin and/or cartilage and pinning the ear with permanent sutures. In some cases, the surgeon will remove a sliver of cartilage from the ear and suture the gap shut, allowing it to fuse together closer to the head. In addition to repositioning the ears, this technique can also be used to reduce their size. The resulting scars are quite small and easily hidden by the crease where the ear meets the head. Most ear pinning procedures are performed under light sedation, although very small children may be given general anesthesia to prevent fidgeting.

Schedule an appointment for pediatric ear pinning, or call 404-686-8143.