Ear Pinning


Ear surgery is a procedure performed to shape and mold ears that are overly large and protrude from the sides of the head. This surgery normalizes the appearance of the ears and can improve self-confidence.

Reasons to Choose Ear Surgery

Patients as young as four years old, as well as adults, may choose ear surgery to correct ears that are misshapen or protrude too far from the side of the head. Oftentimes, this condition can cause embarrassment and may even lead to teasing, which can cause psychological damage for some.

Patients interested in ear surgery should be otherwise healthy. Children who undergo this procedure may miss a week of school in many cases so it may be prudent to schedule surgery during a school break.

FAQ About Ear Surgery in Orange County

The surgical team at UC Irvine is regularly asked about the specifics of ear surgery and its benefits. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about ear surgery in Orange County.

How does it work?

When performing ear surgery, your plastic surgeon will take care to make incisions in the natural folds of your skin and behind your ears where they will be minimally visible. After the necessary incisions have been made, your plastic surgeon will be able to access the cartilage of your ear. From this unique vantage point, your plastic surgeon may remove a conservative amount of cartilage and mold the remaining cartilage to create a normalized ear shape. He will then close the incisions with sutures and a bandage will be applied that holds the ears closer to the head as they heal.

What happens after surgery?

Following your ear surgery, you will have a bandage around your head holding your ears in place for several days. This will help them heal in a more natural position and shape. You may experience some swelling and discomfort, but these are temporary and pain may be managed with medication. You will likely need to miss several days of work as you heal. After the bandages are removed, you will need to take care to avoid activities that may put your ears at risk for damage until the incisions are fully healed.

Why should I choose UC Irvine for ear surgery?

The team at UC Irvine is well-versed in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery as well as craniofacial procedures. Thus, they are the ideal practitioners to complete your ear pinning surgery in Orange County. When you come to UC Irvine for your surgery, you know you will be treated by a plastic surgeon with an extensive working knowledge of tissues and cartilage and who will sculpt beautiful, normalized ears.

What are the most common risks involved with ear surgery?

Risks associated with ear surgery are not common but can include blood clot, infection or the formation of scar tissue for some patients. If you are concerned about any of these possibilities, please ask your plastic surgeon about them during your consultation.

To learn more about your options for ear surgery in southern California, we encourage you to call (949)-999-2411 to schedule your consultation with the plastic surgery team at UC Irvine.