What is ear pinning?

Ear pinning, otherwise known as pinnaplasty or otoplasty, is a surgical procedure which alters the prominence of your ears.

Many people feel their ears are too prominent, as they appear to stick out too much. Sometimes one ear may even be more prominent than the other. This can often cause people to feel self-conscious about their appearance, especially when hair is unable to cover the ears. Fortunately, ear pinning is one solution.


Who is a candidate for ear pinning?


Those who undertake ear pinning are people who are looking to alter and improve the appearance and prominence of their ears.

To be an appropriate candidate for ear pinning, you will need to:

  • Be physically and mentally healthy
  • Be over 18 years old
  • Have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve
  • Understand any risks and side effects associated with the procedure

While this is a surgery that is appropriate for children to undertake, Centre for Surgery currently only offers it to patients 18 years and older.


What happens during the procedure?


Ear pinning is performed under a local anaesthetic, meaning you will be awake during the procedure but be unable to feel any pain or discomfort. However, if you do not wish to be awake for the procedure, it can be performed under a general anaesthetic.

The procedure involves the surgeon making an incision along the back of the ear. This incision is made in line with the natural folds, in order to ensure scarring is minimal and not noticeable. Skin is then lifted, which exposes the cartilage beneath. This is what is causing the ears to protrude. This excess cartilage is then removed. The ear is then pulled back into its new position, which does not protrude and is not as prominent. The incision is shut with sutures. You will also have a dressing wrapped around your head to help support the ear.


What will the recovery period be like?


You will be given a garment to wear to help support the sutures and keep your ears in the new position. This will have to be worn during the day, as well as when you sleep, for about five to seven days. You will need to avoid getting the garment wet, as this may result in infection, as well as other medical problems. You will be able to resume your normal hair washing habits once the bandages have been removed.

You will also need to avoid sleeping on your ears. You will need to ensure you sleep on your back.

You may experience some pain and discomfort after surgery. Your surgeon will be able to give you pain medication to help alleviate symptoms.

You will notice bruising, redness and swelling for a few weeks. This may take up to six weeks to completely go away.


Interested in ear pinning? This is a procedure Centre for Surgery currently offers. Contact us now to find out more about the procedure or to schedule a consultation with a surgeon. 

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