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What is ear pinning?

Ear pinning is surgery to correct protruding ears. Ear pinning is a type of otoplasty, or plastic surgery on the outer ear. Your surgeon may need to remove cartilage and skin behind your ears, and will use permanent sutures, or stitches, to pin back your ears. Most people seek ear pinning for cosmetic or aesthetic reasons.

Ear pinning is a common surgery with risks and potential complications. Consider getting a second opinion about all of your treatment choices before having ear pinning.

Other procedures that may be performed

Your doctor may perform other cosmetic procedures in addition to ear pinning to enhance the appearance of your ears. For example, your doctor may recommend ear reshaping if you want to change the size or shape of your ears. Ear reshaping is another type of otoplasty.

Medical Reviewers: Daphne E. Hemmings, MD, MPH Last Review Date: Jul 12, 2013

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Medical References

  1. Ear Surgery: Otoplasty. American Society of Plastic Surgeons. http://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/ear-surgery.html.
  2. Ear Surgery. The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. http://www.aafprs.org/patient/procedures/otoplasty.html.
  3. Ear Pinning (Otoplasty). Yale School of Medicine. http://www.yalesurgery.org/plastics/care/cosmetic/index/surgical/earpinning.aspx.
  4. Ear Pinning (Otoplasty). Palo Alto Medical Foundation. http://www.pamf.org/plasticfacialsurgery/Services/earpin.html.

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