What is the purpose of ear pinning?

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Both children and adults may experience excess protrusion of the eyes from the side of the head. This protrusion can make the ears extremely noticeable—almost to the point of embarrassment for children and adults. At around the age of five or six, many children will have cosmetic surgery known as ear pinning to bring the ears closer to the head for a less noticeable appearance. Likewise, many adults who were unable to address this issue during childhood also visit with plastic surgeons to undergo ear pinning. Dr. Dimitrios Motakis and his team in Toronto, ON work routinely with both children and adults to provide ear pinning surgery, or “otoplasty.”

Who is a good candidate for ear pinning surgeries?

The best candidates for ear pinning are children or adults who are unhappy with the unusual or noticeable protrusion of the ears. It can be an incredibly touchy area for men, who may keep their hair shorter and are unable to cover the ear appearance in the same way women can. Ear pinning is done to connect the back of the ears closer to the head while maintaining the function of the ear. It is best for patients who are in good overall health and who have realistic expectations of what can be achieved with this or other plastic surgeries.

What can I expect from my ear pinning procedure?

Before patients undergo ear pinning, they will consult with their doctor to decide if they are a proper candidate. Then, patients can ask questions about the procedure itself, including the recovery time and healing needed. Patients will have the procedure done under general anesthesia. The doctor will make incisions behind the ear and will remove skin and cartilage to reshape the area and suture it against the scalp. The incision for this procedure are hidden behind the ears and will be barely visible over time.

Schedule a visit today to consult with our team regarding ear pinning surgery

If you have been curious to learn more about cosmetic ear surgery solutions such as ear pinning, it is time to book a consultation visit with Dr. Dimitrios Motakis and his team in Toronto, ON. Call the office today at (416) 925-5775 to request time with our plastic surgeon. The office is located at 199 Avenue Road and provides a selection of facial and body surgeries for patients in and around the community.


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