How Ear Pinning Can Restore Your Self Esteem

Prominent ears are a common source of bullying during childhood and can impact a young child’s self-esteem and body image. Confidence and self-esteem are important, though, and ears can be also shaped and reduced to improve their appearance or provide balance to other facial features.

Otoplasty, or ear pinning, can bring balance to the face and create a pleasing look for misshaped or disproportionate ears. Quintessa’s Dr. Daniel Butz and our internationally renowned, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Campbell, perform otoplasty on hundreds of patients in Southeastern Wisconsin.

This procedure is relatively common and the Quintessa team can create a look that will fit with the rest of the face and help improve your confidence.

Plan your procedure

Type of Procedure Surgical
Recover Time 7-10 days
Procedure Time 1-2 hours
Recovery Information Out-patient, 2 weeks


Unlike the majority of facial plastic surgery, which is performed on adults, otoplasty is also commonly performed on children. The cartilage is most easily sculpted between the ages of four, when the ears are almost fully grown, and 14. Our surgeons frequently perform otoplasty surgery on both children and adults in the office using local anesthetic.

Otoplasty changes the shape and size of the ears to create a more proportionate look. The procedure can achieve the following results:

  • Set prominent ears back closer to the head
  • Reduce the size of large ears and stretched earlobes
  • Increase the size of unusually small ears (also known as “cupped ear”)
  • Correct “lop ear” which is a condition where the tip folds down and forward

Are you a good candidate for ear pinning surgery?

Ideal ear pinning candidates are healthy children or adults who desire improvements in the following:

  • Prominent Ears
  • Conchal Hypertrophy
  • Stahl’s Ear Deformity


During your consultation, Dr. Campbell or Dr. Butz will examine the external and internal ear structures to create a plan exclusively to you. Your doctor will then determine if otoplasty can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, or if it will need to be performed in the Surgical Center.

During the procedure, our doctors will make small incisions that are hidden on the backside of the ear in the natural crease. Cartilage is exposed, then cut and molded to create a more pleasing appearance. The skin and cartilage is then held in place with sutures.


Our doctors will place a large, soft dressing around the ears following surgery. This dressing can then removed the next day and the patient can resume normal activities. However, patients are asked to wear a protective head band over the ears while sleeping for the first few nights. A small amount of bruising and swelling is common, but usually subsides within seven to ten days. There may be some numbness of the ear but this will return with time. Head elevation and icing can help minimize bruising and swelling. Most people have minimal pain. You should avoid rigorous exercise for at least 2 weeks but we encourage you to be up and walking several times throughout the day.

Patients emerge from otoplasty surgery with ears that are more proportionate to their facial features, creating an overall more pleasing appearance. Otoplasty results last a lifetime.


Quintessa's team of licensed expert medical providers give you the attention you need and the confidence you deserve through customized state-of-the-art surgical and non-surgical specialty treatments. At Quintessa, we believe that beauty begins with strong relationships; that’s why our team of caring, licensed medical specialists will get to know you first, then gently guide you toward the treatments that will achieve your ideal beauty. To learn more about why you should choose Quintessa, begin your story with a consultation!

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