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Self-conscious about protruding ears? We have the solution

November 25, 2019

girl with otoplasty done

Large or protruding ears can be a source of embarrassment or ridicule that make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. If you’re looking for a solution to treat your protruding ears, Otoplasty surgery is a minimally invasive surgical option that can achieve excellent results.

What is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty surgery (also known as Cosmetic Ear Surgery, Ear Pinning, Ear Pin Back or Ear Reduction Surgery) is a cosmetic surgical procedure which can change the shape and profile of large or protruding ears to achieve a more balanced and symmetrical appearance with minimal disruption or discomfort.


Typically caused by a larger than usual concha (the bowl-like area just above the ear lobe) or an underdeveloped antihelical fold (the area just inside the outer rim of the upper ear), otoplasty works to make prominent ears flatter and less obvious by ‘pinning’ them back closer to the scalp.


Otoplasty can also be used to alter large or stretched ear lobes or to correct distorted or damaged ears by manipulating the ear cartilage to achieve a more desirable shape or size.


Who is Otoplasty suitable for?


An otoplasty ear pinning procedure can be suitable for anyone who is dissatisfied with the shape or profile of their ears. It can be performed at any age—it is a popular option among adults who feel self-conscious about their ears, but is also commonly performed on children, usually to avoid embarrassment or bullying. 


Your surgeon will discuss during your initial consultation whether cosmetic ear surgery is a suitable treatment option for you.

What to expect when having Otoplasty surgery?

An otoplasty procedure is performed by making an incision at the back of the ear where the ear meets the side of the head (known as the posterior auricular sulcus area) and removing or modifying some of the cartilage to alter their protrusion or size. The incision is then closed with either dissolvable or regular sutures.

The procedure is usually performed on both ears (even if only one ear protrudes) to achieve better symmetry and balance.

Otoplasty surgery can be conducted either in a hospital or as a day procedure and is typically performed under local anaesthetic.

Following cosmetic ear surgery, you should expect some bruising and swelling around the ears which should subside after one week. You will also be supplied with a headband which will need to be worn at all times for extra support for the first few weeks following the procedure, then only at night for between four and eight weeks.

Patients generally make a quick recovery following ear pinning surgery—most patients require minimal time off work and can use regular pain killers to manage any pain or discomfort.

How effective is Otoplasty?


Most patients are extremely satisfied with the result of their otoplasty procedure and feel less self-conscious about their appearance.


While achieving perfectly symmetrical ears is unrealistic, you can expect your ears to have a far more pleasing natural appearance. It’s likely the procedure will also leave a scar on the back of the ear, however this will be disguised by the natural contours of the ear and will gradually fade over time.


The results of otoplasty are permanent—ear cartilage is however quite elastic, so you may notice some subtle forward movement of the ears after the procedure.


To give you an idea of how effective an ear-pinning procedure can be, here are some examples of what we’ve been able to achieve for some other patients:

otoplasty on a female


otoplasty on a male \

otoplasty female


Ear Pinning at Me Clinic


At Me Clinic, we have over 30 years of cosmetic surgery experience and have performed thousands of otoplasty procedures from our Melbourne clinic in Malvern East.


To find out if otoplasty surgery is a suitable option for you, simply contact us to arrange a personal consultation with one of our skilled and experienced surgeons.


Find out more about otoplasty surgery at Me Clinic

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