Otoplasty

Procedure Snapshot

Ear pinning surgery, or otoplasty, can help correct overly large or protruding ears, restoring balance to facial features. Dr. Parker performs otoplasty for children and adults.

Cost & Recovery

  • $5,350 to $6,570*
  • Patients typically resume normal activity 7 to 10 days after surgery.

Quick Facts

  • Boys age 5 and up are common candidates for ear pinning surgery
  • The ears are brought closer to the head using permanent sutures, hidden in the crease behind the ear
  • Otoplasty can be performed using intravenous sedation
  • 4,175 male patients had otoplasty in 2019**

*Refer to our Pricing page for details

**Statistical information listed here is drawn from 2019 The Aesthetic Society data

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

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Otoplasty Case 237 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #237

This 23 year old had been concerned about his asymmetric, prominent ears for many years. Dr. Parker performed an otoplasty to re-shape the ears and create better symmetry between them. A nice improvement was achieved. The patient was very pleased with his result and rapid recovery from the procedure. He requested only pictures from the back be shown... Read More
Otoplasty Case 235 Before & After View #1 | 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 result 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 facial... Read More
Otoplasty Case 243 Before & After View #1 | 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 otoplasty... Read More
Otoplasty Case 250 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #250

This 28 year old told Dr Parker that he has been bothered by his prominent ears for some time and finally decided to have them fixed. Dr Parker explained that his ears were prominent because the anti helical fold had not fully formed and his concha was large. At surgery, Dr Parker created a normal antihelical fold, then reduced the size of the concha... Read More
Otoplasty Case 249 Before & After View #1 | 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 set... Read More
Otoplasty Case 241 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #241

This 27 year old has had prominent ears for many years but recently became bothered by them with shorter hair styles. Dr Parker performed an otoplasty on both ears. Using incisions hidden behind the ears, Dr Parker recreated the missing antihelical fold, and in doing this brought the ears to a normal distance from the scalp. The patient recovered... Read More
Otoplasty Case 242 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #242

This 35 year old requested Dr. Parker to improve the contour of his prominent ears. He had been bothered by this for years but finally got up the courage to have them corrected. Dr. Parker performed an otoplasty on both ears using concealed incisions behind both ears. He recreated the missing anti helical fold as well as set back the ears closer... Read More

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

Ears that over-protrude from the sides of the head can make boys and men self-conscious about their appearance. By reshaping and reducing the prominence of the ears, an otoplasty (cosmetic ear surgery) can be performed as a wonderful solution.

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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

Considering Ear Pinning Surgery for Your Son?

Boys over the age of four are the most common candidates for this procedure for two reasons:

  • The ears are nearly completely grown by this time
  • Most boys cite teasing as their motivation to undergo this surgery

The earlier the surgery takes place, the more they can avoid peer ridicule and the psychological trauma associated with it. However, there is no age limit to having this surgery performed. Teens or adults of any age, who are in good health, can be good candidates for this procedure.

Otoplasty procedures can also be combined with rhinoplastyneck contouring, and chin implants to enhance the results or improve balance to your facial features overall.

About the Procedure

Ear pinning surgery is a relatively straightforward procedure, and lasts roughly 1½ hours. It is performed under either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation; typically, adults choose the latter.

Dr. Parker makes an inconspicuous incision behind the ear which permits him to sculpt the ear cartilage into a more normal configuration. The ear is brought back closer to the side of the head, reducing its prominence and bringing it into better harmony with the rest of the face. Dr. Parker then places internal stitches that hold the cartilage in the desired shape. Finally, skin sutures are used to close the incisions behind the ears; these dissolve by themselves as the patient heals.

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Recovery After Otoplasty

Recovery after ear pinning surgery is usually quite tolerable, and there is virtually no pain. After a brief stay in our recovery room, patients return home. Showering is permitted 3 to 4 days after the procedure ( you can bathe before then, making sure you keep the head dry). Normal activities can be resumed within 7 to 10 days, and exercise can be started at 2 weeks. Dr. Parker will give you detailed instructions for you or your child’s return to activity.

If you or your son suffers from low self-esteem because of large or protruding ears, you should contact us to discuss otoplasty. It is a very safe and long-lasting solution to this condition. During your initial consultation, Dr. Parker will discuss the procedure in detail and use computer imaging to give an idea of what the changes should look like after surgery.

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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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Our Rapid Recovery Program

Most of our patients lead active lives and want to return to their activities as soon as possible after surgery. With that in mind, we have tailored our surgical procedures, anesthesia, and medications, and developed our Rapid Recovery peri-operative program to optimize the recovery process. During both your consultation with Dr. Parker and in your pre-op education visit with our Nurse Educator, your anticipated recovery will be discussed in detail.

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