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

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  • 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***

**Results may vary

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

 Before & After Photos

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Otoplasty 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
Otoplasty Case 249 Before & After View #2 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #249

This 14 year old asked Dr Parker to improve his prominent ears which he is increasingly bothered by. Dr Parker explained that his ears were prominent because the anti helical fold had not fully formed and his concha was somewhat enlarged. At surgery, Dr Parker created a normal antihelical fold, then slightly reduced the size of the concha and... Read More
Otoplasty Case 238 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #238

This 32 year old male has been bothered by the prominent appearance of his ears since his youth. Dr. Parker performed a bilateral otoplasty in order to create a more normal appearance of the ears. The patient recovered quickly from his otoplasty procedure. He feels much more self-confident with ears which now blend nicely with the rest of his... Read More
Otoplasty Case 243 Before & After View #2 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #243

This 30 year old became increasingly concerned about the prominent appearance of his ears as his hair thinned. He brought pictures that his wife had ‘imaged’ with him to his consultation with Dr. Parker, to show what he wanted his ears to look like after surgery. He was very specific in terms of what he wanted. Dr. Parker performed bilateral... Read More
Otoplasty 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
Otoplasty Case 1019 Before & After Front | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #1019

This 34 year patient old asked Dr. Parker to improve the appearance of her prominent ears which have bothered her for some time. She likes to work out with her hair up and the prominence of her ears prevents her from doing that. Dr. Parker explained in detail what otoplasty surgery entails. Several weeks later, he performe... Read More
Otoplasty Case 235 Before & After View #2 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #235

This 17 year old, referred to Dr. Parker by an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon, requested correction of his protruding left ear. He was content with the appearance of his right ear and merely wished better symmetry. A unilateral otoplasty was performed by Dr. Parker. The patients recovery was painless and rapid. He is quite pleased with his resu... Read More
Otoplasty Case 247 Before & After View #2 | 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... Read More

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

Parker Center for Plastic Surgery

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 for children and adults from Ridgewood and throughout Bergen County, North New Jersey, and surrounding areas.

What Is Ear Reshaping Surgery?

Ear reshaping surgery is performed under purely local anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on the surgical plan, the patient’s age, and the 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 35 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

Concerns corrected with otoplasty

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.

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

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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.

Before & After Otoplasty

Young girl before and after otoplasty
This patient, age 7, had otoplasty to reshape protruding ears. Dr. Parker performed the surgery using inconspicuous incisions in the crease behind the patient’s ears.

Before & After Otoplasty

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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.