Ear Pinning – Otoplast



Ear Pinning Surgery has become one of the most popular and requested cosmetic procedures over the last few years, as well as being the most commonly performed type of cosmetic surgery on children and young people. You may be surprised to hear that ears stop developing in children from around 6 or 7 years of age, so unlike other parts of the body which can continue to grow and develop until late teens or even twenty years or age, the ears are ready for cosmetic surgery procedures from a very young age.

Ear Pinning – How It Works

I know that “ear pinning” is called “ear pinning”, but “ear pinning” is actually what goes on. The ears are certainly not pinned to the head. What happens instead is that the cosmetic surgeon makes a small incision in the back of the ear, and then typically will remove a small piece of cartilage from the back of the ear decreasing projection (or “stickioutness”). The remaining cartilage is then sutured back together which leaves the ears sitting much¬†nearer to the sides of the head. Sometimes it isn’t even necessary to remove any cartilage, just a few sutures does the trick.

Ear Pinning – Why Do It

Some people who opt for ear pinning surgery simply want a little subtle improvement to the way their ears lie, some people are just fed up of being teased. Okay, admit it, who was it that got teased the most at school . . . was it the kid with the sticky out ears? . . . kids are so cruel sometimes, and being nicknamed “Dumbo” is not good for the self esteem.¬†

Ear Pinning – When To Do It

  • Childhood Ear Pinning – I know that I’ve already said that children as young as 6 or 7 years can safely have ear pinning treatment, but it’s actually regularly performed on children who are much younger than that, kids of less than 5 years old who won’t have to suffer when they start school because their ears have already been pinned.
  • Teen Years Ear Pinning Surgery – typically, the earlier this type of cosmetic procedure is done, the more natural it will look, so if you’ve have to put up with the taunts in the school yard right up to your teenage years I’m sorry, but it’s not too late to do something about it.
  • Adult Ear Pinning Surgery – adults of any age can undergo ear pinning surgery, just so long as they are in good general health, but it is a much more difficult procedure on adults than it is on children. If you don’t find an experienced plastic surgeon to perform your ear pinning procedure then you could end up with a little over-correction and “alien” ears which sit rather unnaturally close to the head.

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