Otoplasty (Ear Pinning)

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Otoplasty, can help correct overly protruding ears, restoring balance to facial features. Dr. Parker performs otoplasty in Paramus, NJ, for children and adults.

Cost & Recovery

  • $5,350 to $6,570
  • Patients typically resume normal activity within 10 days

Quick Facts

  • Ear pinning can be performed as soon as the ears have finished developing, usually about age 5
  • Otoplasty can be performed using local anesthesia only, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia
  • The ears are not only brought closer to the head using permanent sutures but given an aesthetically attractive shape; the incision is hidden in the crease behind the ear**
  • 22,890 patients had otoplasty in 2018***

*Refer to our Pricing page for details

**Results may vary

***Statistical information listed here is drawn from 2018 ASAPS data

Ear Surgery
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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Ear Surgery Case 248 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #248

This 20 year old was referred to Dr Parker by another patient. She requested removal of an very itchy keloid on her right ear which developed after her ear piercing was accidentally pulled from her ear. The wound healed by itself resulting in the thick scarring she has. Multiple steroid injections by a dermatologist have not helped. Dr Parker subsequently... Read More
Ear Surgery Case 244 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #244

This 11 year old, just starting middle school, presented to Dr. Parker with increasing concerns and sensitivity about her prominent ears. Dr. Parker discussed with her and her parents the fact that she needed a more defined antihelical fold. This would create a natural curvature of the ear and bring it back closer to the scalp. He then discussed... Read More
Ear Surgery Case 245 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #245

This 7 year old was referred to Dr. Parker by another patient. Her mother noticed the prominence of her daughter’s ears early on but said nothing to her. Recently, some classmates have made comments to the patient upsetting her and prompting her visit to Dr. Parker. At the initial consultation, Dr. Parker explained the anatomical reasons for... Read More
Ear Surgery Case 247 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #247

This 26 year old requested that Dr. Parker improve the appearance of her protruding ears. She had been bothered by this for some time and decided now was the time to address the issue. Dr. Parker performed an otoplasty using an incision carefully placed in the crease behind each ear. He corrected the shape of her ears by reducing the size of the... Read More
Ear Surgery Case 236 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #236

This 28 year old, referred to Dr. Parker by his own physician, requested correction of his prominent ears. Dr. Parker performed an otoplasty to re-shape the patients ears. The patient was very pleased with his result and rapid recovery from the procedure. He requested only pictures from the back be shown to avoid personal identification. Read More
Ear Surgery Case 246 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #246

This 36 year old was referred to Dr. Parker for treatment of a keloid on her right ear. The patient developed a keloid 4 years earlier following ear piercing. She has undergone several steroid injections and surgical procedures elsewhere. Dr. Parker reviewed options with the patient during her consultation. They arrived at a plan which was subsequently... Read More
Ear Surgery Case 240 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #240

This patient decided later in life to address a long desire to change her protruding ears.  Dr. Parker performed a surgery which involves the creation of an antihelical fold with sutures inserted through an incision hidden on the back of the ear, which results in an inconspicuous scar. She is very happy with her results. The patient requested that... Read More
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Ear Surgery Case 239 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #239

This 19 year old has been aware of his protruding ears for years but recently decided he wanted the problem corrected. Dr. Parker performed an otoplasty on both ears. Using a small inconspicuous incision behind both ears, he created an anti helical fold with sutures. This gave the ears a normal shape and made them less noticeable. The patient experienced... Read More
Ear Surgery Case 234 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #234

This 28 year old asked for correction of her very prominent ears. This had troubled her for many years. The patient recovered very quickly from an otoplasty performed by Dr. Parker. She was delighted with the markedly improved appearance following surgery. The patient requested only pictures from the back are shown to avoid personal identification. Read More
Ear Surgery Case 233 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #233

This 27 year old was bothered by the appearance of her prominent ears for many years. Following an otoplasty by Dr. Parker, the patient healed quickly and loved the improved appearance of her ears.
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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Large, protruding, or overly prominent ears can make children and adults self-conscious about their appearance—and, in some cases, lead to bullying or an impact is socialization for young ones. Surgical correction is achieved with otoplasty in Paramus, New Jersey, an ear reshaping procedure designed to improve the shape, size, and projection of the ears to create a more normal appearance.

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What Is Ear Reshaping Surgery?

Ear reshaping surgery is performed under purely local anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on the surgical plan, patient age, and patient’s personal anxiety and comfort levels. Patients vary in their desire for these different methods to make them comfortable for the procedure, and Dr. Parker will discuss these options with the patient during the initial consultation.

Otoplasty can be performed on both adults and children. Adults with protruding ears will often seek surgical correction, and as long as the patient is in good health, there is no upper age limit to having otoplasty performed.

Should My Child Have Ear Reshaping Surgery?

Many parents wonder if moving forward with otoplasty is a good idea, or if they should wait until the child can be part of the decision-making process. Ultimately, the choice is entirely up to you. Dr. Parker routinely performs ears surgery on children at age 5 or 6, before they start schooling. At this age, the ears have almost fully developed, allowing surgery to be safely performed. In addition, the correction of prominent ears at this age can help reduce the psychological trauma from teasing classmates in school.

Dr. Paul Parker

Paul M. Parker, M.D., FACS

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Known for his surgical talent and caring personality, Dr. Parker has been serving the community for over 25 years. He has dedicated his practice to the education, safety, and comfort of his patients—making each one feel as important as family.

The Aesthetic Society; American Society of Plastic Surgeons; International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; The Rhinoplasty Society
The Aesthetic Society; American Society of Plastic Surgeons; International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; The Rhinoplasty Society

What Causes Protruding Ears?

Ear prominence results from a deficiency of the antihelical fold, excess concha, or both (see illustration). Dr. Parker will carefully evaluate the patient’s ears during their initial consultation with him. He will then review a personalized treatment plan.

Causes for Protruding Ears

Anatomy of the Ear

How Is Otoplasty Performed?

An inconspicuous incision is made behind the ear, permitting Dr. Parker to bring the ear closer to the head, but as importantly, sculpt the ear cartilage into an aesthetically desirable shape. Specifically, he will create an antihelical fold with sutures as well as correct the excess concha.

His goal is to create an ideal contour of the ear when viewed from various angles:

  • From the front, helical rim visible beyond the antihelix.
  • From the side, the cartilage should appear natural, smooth and round.
  • From behind, helical rim should appear straight.

Overall, the contour of the ear should appear pleasing to the eye with the various components blending well with one another.

Dr. Parker uses permanent sutures to shape the ear cartilage. He the closes the incision hidden in the crease behind the ear with dissolvable sutures. A soft dressing is then placed on the ears and secured with what looks like a soft football helmut—it is comfortable and supports the ears for the first few days.

Surgery lasts roughly 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

How Long Is Ear Pinning Recovery?

Recovery from otoplasty is usually straightforward with virtually no pain. The head dressing is removed in the office around 4-5 days after surgery. Bruising usually resolves within 10 days, while residual swelling gets progressively better over the next several weeks. We will walk you through the steps of subsequent recovery which will vary based on the age of the patient.

Dr. Parker and his team have many years of experience working with pediatric patients and is happy to collaborate with parents to ensure their child feels confident and secure come surgery day. It’s important that your child understands what recovery will look like so there are no surprises.

Our Signature

Rapid Recovery Program

Our surgical procedures, anesthesia, medications, and aftercare are tailored to minimize post-operative discomfort and accelerate recuperation.

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Your Otoplasty Consultation & Imaging Session

Consultation with computer imaging

Consultations at the Parker Center are special. Dr. Parker will spend extra time with you, ensuring that he understands your goals and that you are fully educated about each potential solution. Additionally, our imaging expert will help you see the possibilities with digital photo imaging to show you what you will look like after otoplasty surgery. Patients who are comparing providers often tell us our consults are the most thorough and informative they’ve ever experienced!

Otoplasty procedures at the Parker Center for Plastic Surgery can also be combined with rhinoplastyneck contouring, and chin implants.

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About Your Procedure

Our free cosmetic consultations include plenty of time with Dr. Parker, our patient care coordinator, and our imaging specialist. Once your procedure is booked, our nurse educator will meet with you for a special 1-hour pre-op education session.

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