Ear pinning surgery, or otoplasty, is an elective, aesthetic procedure designed to reduce or correct the size, position or proportion of the ears.

Though most commonly performed on children between the ages of 5 and 10, otoplasty is also an effective solution for appearance-conscious adults. The procedure is safe and offers a high satisfaction rate. In fact, the vast majority of patients find that ear pinning boosts confidence and allows for a better quality of life.

For that reason, thousands of otoplasty procedures are carried out each year in the United States to address some of patients’ most pressing challenges.

Overly Prominent Ears

Some children are born with ears that protrude or stick out. The prominence might be immediately apparent, or it might not be noticeable until the ears have reached full size at about 6 years of age.

In any case, excessively large ears can attract unwanted attention. Children are often targets of teasing and bullying, which can lead to insecurity and social anxiety. Otoplasty can be a life-changer for kids, restoring their self-confidence and emotional well-being.

Disproportioned Ears

Sometimes, the ears aren’t overly large, but they look out of proportion to the other facial features. One ear might be significantly smaller than the other, or the placement on the head may appear asymmetrical.

Disproportioned or uneven ears can draw unwanted attention. An imbalance is often looked at as a disfigurement, and many who are affected are embarrassed to the point that it affects their daily lives.

Ear pinning can create symmetry and balance, resolving any aesthetic concerns and restoring self-esteem.

Ear Injury

Ear pinning surgery isn’t just an effective solution for congenital conditions — otoplasty is often performed to restore aesthetic appearance after injury.

Once healed, injuries to the ears can make them look asymmetrical or more prominent. Given how much society is focused on appearance, this often causes emotional suffering. And for some adults, the injury can affect their professional marketability. Correcting the issue can provide relief, giving patients a new outlook on life.

Are you considering ear pinning? For expert care from a nationally recognized authority in otoplasty, visit Dr. Steven Mobley at Mobley MD Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Mobley performs more otoplasties per year than any other cosmetic surgeon in Utah — and in fact, patients from across the country travel to Salt Lake City for his unparalleled surgical skill and exceptional results.

If you’re not happy with the appearance of your ears, Dr. Mobley can help. Contact Mobley MD Facial Plastic Surgery and schedule a consultation to discuss ear pinning surgery today.

NOTE: The information provided here is of a general nature and is not intended to substitute for personal advice from an experienced cosmetic surgeon.