Ryan Greene, MD, PhD, FACS
Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
Non-Surgical Specialist
and National Injectable Expert

Otoplasty Ear Pinning Fort Lauderdale | Weston

Otoplasty Ear PinningOtoplasty refers to reshaping of the ear, and is most commonly done for protruding or large ears. The ear is one of the most anatomically complex structures of the face, and varies in appearance among individuals. Ears attain their shape through folding of flexible cartilage. Some ears develop with abnormal folding, which causes them to protrude.

Protruding ears typically do not lead to any functional problems. However, many individuals choose to have them addressed for cosmetic reasons. In these patients who are distressed due to protruding or large ears, otoplasty is an excellent option. Many patients who undergo this surgery are children. Unfortunately, children are often affected most by prominent ears, as a result of teasing by other children. This unfortunate circumstance can lead to psychological problems. Many parents ask what age is most appropriate for ear reshaping surgery. Typically, when a child is approximately 5 to 6 years old, they are candidates for the surgery. At this age, ear development is nearly complete, and the child is mature enough to undergo surgery and follow post-operative instructions.

The surgery itself is fairly straightforward: folds are created in the ear cartilage by using special sutures. Sometimes, a small amount of cartilage is removed. The post-operative recovery is not long, and results can be dramatic.

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Good Candidates

  • Protruding or large ears
  • For children, mature patients who can follow post-operative instructions

Anesthesia & Surgery LengthEar Pinning Otoplasty

Most surgeries are performed in an operating room in an outpatient surgery center or hospital. A combination of sedation and local anesthesia is used in most cases. The procedure typically takes no longer than three hours, but in rare cases, may vary.


An otoplasty is usually performed by placing incisions behind the ear to ensure that they are well-hidden. After the cartilage is visible, special sutures (Mustarde sutures) are placed to create a fold and eliminate the ear protrusion. At times, a small amount of cartilage is removed from behind the ear. The incisions are then closed with special suture techniques.


Patients are able to go home on the day of surgery. Recovery is typically less than one week, and patients can then return to work or school. Discomfort is minimal and easily controlled. However, we will prescribe medication for you to ensure comfort throughout the post-operative healing period. Sutures typically will be removed or dissolve on their own in about a week.

At this time, Dr. Greene is currently not accepting new patients for Otoplasty. You can give our office a call to be added to the waitlist.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is otoplasty?

Otoplasty is a surgical procedure which reshapes the ears to minimize the appearance of protruding ears. The goal of surgery is to set them back to a more natural position.

Are there any age restrictions?

Children should be six years of age or older as the ears are mostly developed by this time. Often it is recommended that an otoplasty be performed at a young age, to spare children any teasing that they may suffer as a result of the appearance of their ears.

Where is otoplasty performed?

Otoplasty may take place in a surgeon's office-based facility, an outpatient surgical center or a hospital.

What type of anesthesia is used for otoplasty?

In most instances, general anesthesia is used for young children, while local anesthesia combined with sedation may be used for older children and adults.

How long does the procedure last?

Otoplasty usually requires two to three hours to complete.

Where are the incisions made for otoplasty?

The incisions are hidden behind the ears, resulting in well-concealed scars.

How much pain is there after an otoplasty?

Some aching or throbbing of the ears may occur for the first few days, though discomfort is usually well-controlled with medication.

How much time off from work or school is required after otoplasty?

Most children can resume a fairly normal schedule within a week after otoplasty. Adults can usually return to work within a few days. Any activity which risks injury to the ear should be avoided for one to two months.

When are the stitches removed after otoplasty?

After otoplasty, the stitches are usually removed or dissolve on their own in about a week.

Are there any risks or complications?

All types of surgery have potential complications. Complications associated with an otoplasty are blood clot, excessive scar formation, infection, mismatched or artificial-looking ears, and recurrence.

Is it possible to get the otoplasty procedure financed?

Financing is available for an otoplasty. Contact Dr. Greene’s office for more information.

Is only one ear treated if only one is protruding?

To achieve the best balance, otoplasty is typically performed on both ears even if only one ear is protruding.

At this time, Dr. Greene is currently not accepting new patients for Otoplasty. You can give our office a call to be added to the waitlist.

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