R. Scott Haupt, M.D.

Utah Cosmetic Surgery (801) 293-8100
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Ear Pinning Cosmetic Surgery

“Oto” means ear in Latin, and “plasty” means shape. Therefore, Otoplasty means to shape the ear. This may include the earlobe repair which is in a different section on the website, or any part of the rest of the ear.

The most common Otoplasty is often referred to as “Ear Pinning” or pinning the ears back from sticking out too far or “prominent ears.” This is a common concern that can usually be improved without the use of general anesthesia.

In an office consultation, we can discuss the areas of the ear that need to be shaped to give a more normal appearance.

There are other rarer ear irregularities that people are born with or occur in life. If it has occurred to someone in the past, a plastic surgeon has created a plan and repair for the different ear.  We can help to improve most of these irregularities. As a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, we are trained to identify the problem, research the repair, and correct the ear as best possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the risks of Otoplasty, “Ear Pinning’s?”

All surgeries have the standard risks of bleeding, infection, nerve damage, or unmet expectations. More specific to Otoplasty is under or over correcting the ear distance from the head. Most overcorrect slightly as there is usually some relaxation of the correction. Unfolding or recurrence of the prominence is probably the most common problem in the long run.

What is the procedure like?

Most patients over 11 can have the procedure performed in and office operating suite under oral sedation and local anesthesia. The ears can easily be numbed and the repairs made with the use of novacaine like substance. The patient and family can actually see the changes and help in deciding the amount of correction.