Dr. Brent R. Rosen

Otoplasty (Ear Pinning) Surgery Philadelphia

Otoplasty, also known as ear pinning, is a cosmetic procedure performed to pin back the ears, bringing them into proportion with the patientís head. Known as the cosmetic procedure with the youngest patients, ear surgery is frequently done on patients age 4 to 14. Adults can benefit from otoplasty as well.

Indications for Otoplasty / Ear Surgery

Otoplasty addresses a cosmetic problem that children may be teased about by their peers. Large ears that are out of proportion are problematic in this regard. If the ears are fully developed (usually by age 4) then otoplasty can position the ears closer to the patientís head.

The Procedure: How Otoplasty is Performed

Ear surgery is an outpatient procedure requiring about 2 -3 hours. For adults, local anesthesia is typically used. On young children, general anesthesia is usually recommended. A precise incision is made behind the ear. The cartilage is sculpted, folded or removed to reposition each ear. Sutures are then placed by Dr. Rosen to close the incision and maintain the new ear position.

What to Expect After Otoplasty

The ears will be folded closer to the patientís head after surgery. They should be protected during this time, so be cautious with active children. A bandage is wrapped around the head. Stitches may be removed in one week, at which time the patient can return to school or work.

Possible Complications of Otoplasty

Like all surgical procedures, otoplasty carries a risk of complications or side effects. One possible side effect is a blood clot on the ear, which dissolves on its own or needs to be extracted. Other complications include infection and formation of scar tissue. Ask Dr. Rosen for more information if you are concerned about these possibilities.

Otoplasty in Philadelphia

To learn more about otoplasty surgery Philadelphia and related procedures to correct cosmetic imperfections of the ears, contact Dr. Rosen Cosmetic Surgery Philadelphia today!


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