Ear pinning is a medical procedure that corrects overly protruding ears. Typically caused by genetics and excess cartilage, overly protruding ears can lead to ridicule from others and feelings of self-consciousness. Adults, children, and infants can all undergo ear pinning to correct their protruding ears and bring the ears into a more aesthetically pleasing angle and position.
Ear Pinning Surgery for Adults
Adults can undergo ear pinning surgery on an outpatient basis under local or general anesthesia. Dr. Scroggins will make incisions in the natural creases behind each ear so that there is no noticeable scarring. After removing small amounts of cartilage and weakening the ear cartilage so that it will bend to its new shape, Dr. Scroggins will place stitches to hold the ears in their new position. It will take several months for the final results to be seen as the ear cartilage bends and adjusts to the new position and shape.
Ear Pinning Surgery for Children
Ear pinning is one of the few cosmetic procedures that children can undergo. Once the ear cartilage has grown strong enough to handle the procedure, which is typically by age six or seven, children can undergo surgery to improve the protrusion of their ears. In most cases, children will be placed under general anesthesia for the procedure as an outpatient operation. The ear pinning procedure is the same for children as it is for adults; cartilage is removed from behind each ear, and stitches are placed to hold the ears in their new position. Over the next few months, the ear cartilage will bend and adjust to the new position and shape.
A Non-Surgical Ear Pinning Option for Infants
There is a lesser known non-surgical treatment for correcting ear protrusion in infants. This procedure will only work within the first few weeks of a baby’s life because of the state of the ear cartilage right after birth. Immediately after an infant is born, the ear cartilage is incredibly soft due to an excess amount of hyaluronic acid and hormones from the delivery process. During this short period of time, if an attentive family member or medical professional observes that the child has the potential for developing overly protruding ears, Dr. Scroggins can splint the ears and reshape them without surgery. This early correction will make it possible to avoid ear pinning surgery later in life.
Solutions for All Age Groups
Regardless of the age at which the procedure is performed, ear pinning will improve the shape and position of your ears. It will bring them closer to your head to reduce their projection and improve your overall appearance.
Overly protruding ears can cause individuals of all ages to feel uncomfortable about their appearance. Ear pinning can correct this cosmetic issue to improve your appearance and enhance your self-confidence. To schedule your consultation for ear pinning with Dr. Carlton Scroggins, please call (301) 220-0400 or fill out our online contact form today.