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What Is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty, or cosmetic surgery on the ears, is also known as an ear tuck or ear pinning. It is a common surgery that can change the size, position and shape of the ears. While reducing the appearance of protruding ears is a common cosmetic surgery, this procedure can also be used to make ears more symmetrical, correct ears that droop, or repair a defect or deformity of the external ear.

Who Is a Good Candidate?
A good candidate for otoplasty is in good general physical condition, has healthy ear tissue and has realistic goals for improvement.

What to Expect
Correction of protruding ears uses plastic surgery techniques to create or increase the antihelical fold, which is just inside the rim of the ear, and to reduce enlarged conchal cartilage, which is the largest and deepest concavity of the external ear. Incisions are generally made on the back surface of the ear or within folds on the front of the ear. Your surgeon will create an individualized surgical plan to avoid an unnatural appearance.

Internal, non-removable sutures are used to create and secure the newly shaped cartilage in place. External sutures close the incision.

Discomfort immediately following ear surgery is normal and can be controlled with pain medication. The area under the bandages may itch, but it is essential that the bandages not be removed and that they remain intact. 

Recovery Information
You will be given specific instructions after surgery, including:

  • How to care for the surgical site
  • Medications to apply or take orally
  • Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
  • When to follow up with your surgeon

For more information about this cosmetic procedure, visit The American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Find a Doctor
To locate a board-certified cosmetic surgeon affiliated with Gwinnett Medical Center–Duluth, search the online physician database or call 678-312-5000.