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Can Adults Have Their Ears Pinned?

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Ear pinning, also known as otoplasty, can help reduce the size of prominent ears. Many adults aren’t aware of this option, thinking it’s only available for children. Thankfully, adults can still have their ears “pinned” with a cosmetic procedure designed to reduce their size.

What is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty is cosmetic ear surgery. It can change the shape, size, or position of the ears. This also includes ear pinning, a more commonly used term for bringing more prominent ears closer to the head. While this surgery is most common in children, it can be helpful for adults who are uncomfortable with prominent ears or have concerns about other aspects of their ears and would like to make several changes.

Benefits of Otoplasty for Adults

Even though ear pinning is less common for adults, there are still many benefits. If you are considering it, be sure to speak with an experienced plastic surgeon who can help determine the best way to provide the results you seek.

  • Build Confidence: If you are uncomfortable with your appearance because of prominent ears, otoplasty could help increase self-esteem.
  • Prevent Bullying: It’s not only children in school who are affected by bullying. Ear pinning could reduce the effects if you experience this, even as an adult.
  • Includes Many Corrections: Otoplasty doesn’t have to include only ear pinning. You may be able to change the visual appearance and correct deformities simultaneously.

Things You Should Know

While otoplasty and ear pinning are common, most people aren’t aware of how it’s done or what to expect from the procedure. Here are some things you should know.

  • Many otoplasty procedures can be done with only a local anesthetic or light sedation. This reduces the risks involved with major surgery.
  • Otoplasty scars are minimal or easily hidden by your ears or hairline.
  • You may be able to make multiple adjustments to the size and shape of your ears at the same time.
  • Most patients need minimal time away from work, sometimes as little as a week. You could be able to return to exercise and other strenuous activities in just two weeks.

If you think otoplasty is right for you, contact the office of Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS today to schedule an in-person or virtual consultation today to learn more.

Posted on behalf of Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS

Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS
580 Park Avenue Suite 1BE,
New York, NY 10065
(212) 339-9988

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Meredith G.
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Upon hearing of the overwhelmingly positive experience a friend of mine had in choosing Dr. Khosh as her surgeon, I decided to make an appointment for my own septoplasty/rhinoplasty/turbinate reduction. Although I was slightly skeptical as the praise I had heard seemed a bit hyperbolic, all uncertainty dissipated after meeting the Doctor and his staff. My pre- and post-operative experience was excellent in terms of concerns adequately addressed prior to the surgery and mitigation of any bruising in the convalescent period. Despite my apparent predisposition to rather slower healing, a year after the surgery, my nose looks really pretty and my breathing entirely unobstructed! I highly recommend Dr. Khosh!
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