Ear Pinning Surgery Can Be a Great Solution for Facial Aesthetics

By Sheryl Pilcher on July 07, 2014

A happy family together and smilingIf you want to improve the appearance of the face, sometimes you don't need to address the nose, the eyes, the chin, or even lines and wrinkles. No, sometimes it's all about adjusting the size and shape of the ears. This can be particularly true for people who have very large or prominent ears.

This explains why a number of patients throughout the greater San Antonio area have come to Accent Plastic Surgery for various kinds of ear surgeries. Cosmetic and reconstructive ear surgery has such a positive impact on people's lives, and it's something that we'd like to cover in some detail with this blog post.

What is ear pinning?

Ear pinning is a broad term that is often used to refer to various surgeries that address the size and shape of a patient's ears. Ear pinning is common for people who have ears that are very large or that stick out/protrude from the side of the head in a major way.

While not related to ear pinning per se, lately we have noticed a number of patients come in for reconstructive earlobe surgery in order to address problems related to the stretching/gauging fad in ear piercing over the last few years.

Ideal Candidates for Ear Pinning Surgery

The best candidates for ear pinning surgery are people with cosmetic issues that affect the ears. Candidates for ear pinning should be in overall good health and also have realistic expectations about what the surgery involves and what it can achieve.

Since the cosmetic ear surgeries affect the cartilage and are not extremely invasive, both children and adults can undergo ear pinning to address their needs.

Benefits of Ear Pinning Surgery

Ear pinning surgery tends to make patients feel less self-conscious about their appearance. The results are dramatic and yet the scarring is generally minimal and very well hidden.

Ear pinning is especially beneficial to young patients, making them feel more confident and less likely to be teased for their appearance. If performed early, this can prevent long-term issues with self-esteem as the child matures and develops.

Methods for Performing Ear Pinning Surgery

There are a few different ways that ear pinning can be performed, though the two most common options are:

  • Cartilage Scoring Techniques - Incisions are made in the cartilage of the ear in order to remove and rearrange the cartilage as needed
  • Cartilage Sparing Techniques - Stitches and sutures are carefully used in order to improve the overall size and shape of the ear

It's not uncommon for a combination of the above to be used in order to achieve optimal results. The exact treatment plan will be determined during your consultation.

What to Expect After Ear Pinning is Performed

After surgery, some level of soreness and discomfort is common. The patient will wear bandages around their ears to protect them from unnecessary contact and allow for proper healing. These initial bandages will be removed and replaced with a lighter bandage after a few days. The patient should generally be bandage-free after a week.

After bandage removal, patients will be advised to wear a special headband to keep the ears protected and in proper position for the next few days or longer. Sometimes the patient will only need to wear this bandage at night.

Full post-operative instructions and recommendations will be provided to the patient during their consultation and in followup visits after the ear surgery is performed.

Learn More About Facial Plastic Surgery

If you would like to learn more about ear pinning and your many other options out there for advanced facial rejuvenation surgery, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Dr. Sheryl Pilcher and her entire team will be able to help you look your very best using the latest in advanced surgical care.

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