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Ear Pinning Surgery or Otoplasty

There are many reasons for wanting to change the shape of your ears. Whether you feel your ears are protruding, misshapen or abnormally-sized, your perception of your ears can be a source of self-consciousness and overall discontent. Otoplasty or ear reshaping is an ear surgery that allows correction of these ear abnormalities, including ear pinning for protruding ears.

Ear Pinning Surgery

In otoplasty or ear pinning for protruding ears, Dr. Khosh begins by making an incision in the back of the ear. Stitches are then placed to cause the cartilage to bend, and the incision is closed. In individuals with one protruding ear, the stitches are adjusted so that the auricle matches the other ear. In the case of bilateral protruding ears, Dr. Khosh is able to adjust the stitches so that the ears are symmetric and naturally curved.

Additionally, ear cartilage can be shaved to move the ear closer to the scalp. Other variations of otoplasty allow reducing the size of the ears. Dr. Khosh understands the varying needs and desires of his patients. Therefore, he approaches each otoplasty with creativity and artistry, carefully catering to your particular and individual needs and cosmetic goals.

Dr. Khosh recommends against operating in children who are younger than five, as the ear cartilage continues to grow until a child reaches that age. Surgical results are more reliable when the ear is fully grown. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Khosh or for more information about this type of procedure.

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Case Study

This 25-year-old man had congenital protruding ears. He underwent bilateral otoplasty or ear pin pack.

  • Patient: 25-year-old man with over projected ears
  • Problem: Bilateral prominent ears
  • Procedure: Bilateral otoplasty to pin the ears back

Disclaimer: These are actual results for patients of Dr. Maurice Khosh. Plastic and cosmetic surgery results can vary between patients.

Frequently Asked Questions

Good candidates for otoplasty are older than five years, and have unilateral or bilateral protuberant, asymmetric, elongated or enlarged external ears.

The ears are wrapped with a bandage for several days. Discomfort from surgery is typically resolved after one week, and patients are fully functional. Swelling and bruising will dissipate within two weeks. We recommend avoiding contact sports where the ears can be traumatized for six months.

The most common form of otoplasty is performed to pin protruding ears back. However, other otoplasty techniques allow reducing the size of the ears. This version of the procedure requires different incision placements and necessitates cartilage incisions.

It is true that the ear lobules elongate as individuals age. Ear lobe shortening is a small surgical procedure where the lobule is cut shorter and repaired. This represents the least complicated form of otoplasty.

In younger patients and in older anxious patients, general anesthesia is recommended. Otherwise, local anesthesia with or without sedation is used.

Otoplasty Ear Surgery Patient Testimonial

Related Procedures

Otoplasty is usually a standalone procedure. Typically there are no other related procedures.

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What Dr. Khosh's Patients Say


Based on 174 reviews

Meredith G.
Saw Dr. Khosh for a fractured nose. He reset my nose beautifully (and with little discomfort to me) and then discussed some of my sinus issues with me upon my follow up visit. Never felt like he was rushing me out and felt very confident in his abilities. I would highly recommend to anyone needing plastic or reconstructive options!
Jackie C.
Great front office, really good experience after what was a terrible accident. I was made to feel comfortable. Dr. Khosh is very good at what he does. I'm still healing but I'm confident of the results
Kaitlin M.
Dr. Khosh takes exceptional care of his patients. He has operated on me twice, each time making me feel extremely comfortable and satisfied with the results. His staff is also very kind and knowledgeable.
Diana G.
Dr. Khosh & his staff Susan & Christine are absolutely amazing! They were so supportive & helpful from beginning to end & they are just wonderful people. Thank you guys I truly appreciate everything you guys have done for me. I would recommend them to anyone & everyone!
Joann M.
After visiting and being evaluated by several doctors, I kept going back to Dr. Khosh. His tranquil spirit and professionalism were captivating. Thank you for a job well done and keeping me calm throughout the entire process. A special thanks to your staff Susan and Christine for all of their support as well. Hi highly recommend Dr. Khosh.
Leah G.
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!
Courtney G.
AMAZING!!!!!! I had Dr Khosh perform lipo on my chin/neck and my result is unbelievable! Better than I could have expected! I met with a couple of surgeons and the second I met with Dr Khosh I knew he was the one I was going with. He was compassionate and explained every detail of what would take place during the surgery and what to expect during recovery. I even emailed a few times during recovery with various questions and he got right back to me asap which was really comforting! I honestly fully recommend Dr Khosh, he did an amazing job and is an amazing person.
Frieda S.
i can finally breathe!! Dr. Khosh made the entire experience a breeze, it was truly a pleasure to be under his care. I am forever thankful and highly recommend him. Not only does his work speak for himself, but he has excellent bedside manner. His kindness and patience is above and beyond. He takes the time to answer to every question you have to help you understand the process while at the same time making you feel so comfortable. From the first consultation i knew i was in good hands. I am so pleased with the result and forever thankful.
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