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What is otoplasty?

Ear pinning is typically done at our state-of-the-art surgical suite in our Northborough location. It is an especially effective form of cosmetic surgery, as its low risk of side effects, affordability, and ease of recovery make the procedure accessible to most patients. It is one of the most popular procedures our male patients request. Many of our patients experience an immediate boost of confidence, particularly the younger ones.

How does Dr. Poulos treat torn earlobes?

Torn earlobes can occur due to trauma or after wearing heavy earrings for an extended period of time. If this occurs, a simple office-based procedure can be used to repair the tear. You’ll leave the office with a small bandage covering just the earlobe itself. Healing time for earlobe repair is generally four-six weeks. 

In addition to torn earlobes, sometimes earlobes can become pulled or stretched over time, particularly if the patient wore heavy earrings or gauge earrings. After facelifts, the earlobe can appear attached to the head, and stretched. This “pixie” earlobe can also be corrected in our in-office surgery suite.

What are the benefits of otoplasty?

  • Creates more proportionate ears
  • Corrects ear deformities
  • Improves ear symmetry
  • Can reduce teasing or taunting
  • Helps boost self-confidence in one’s image
  • More choices in hairstyle and wardrobe
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Who is a good candidate for otoplasty?

Ear pinning can be performed on children as young as six (when the ear is fully formed) and adults. Patients should be healthy, both emotionally and physically, and should have realistic expectations for their results, based on their consultation with Dr. Poulos in Northborough.

What can I expect from the procedure?

Most ear pinning procedures are performed under light sedation. Usually, an ear pinning takes around two hours to complete and the patient may return home immediately following surgery. The scars resulting from ear pinning are quite small and easily hidden by the crease behind the ear. 

What can I expect from recovery?

The recovery from an ear pinning is usually very simple: patients will wear a dressing to mold and apply pressure to the ears. The band used to protect the ears will continue to be worn at night, anywhere from two to four weeks. One to two days after the ear pinning, the patient should return to have the bandages removed.

Why choose Dr. Poulos?

Dr. Poulos is a consummate, compassionate and highly skilled cosmetic surgeon who offers elegant, personalized results in a state-of-the-art setting. After receiving her medical degree from the State University of New York School of Medicine, Dr. Poulos went on to pursue her residency in general surgery at the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, Connecticut, subsequently completing an additional residency in plastic surgery at UMASS Medical Center in Worcester. Dr. Poulos is a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of General Surgery, and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

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We are open and seeing Patients!

We'd like to inform you of the proactive steps we are taking to prioritize the health and safety for you and our staff. Our office is taking the necessary safety precautions in guidance with CDC regulations to ensure your visit goes smoothly. We look forward to seeing you in our office soon!

Prior to the start of every workday, all employees will complete a check-in procedure including safety precautions such as: taking their temperature to ensure they are ready and able to work. Employees will be required to actively practice social distancing, wear face masks and gloves with any patient contact, and all employees will continue frequent hand washing.

We are committed to the health and well-being of our patients and staff. We will continue with cleaning and sanitizing protocols that meet CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This includes the use of EPA approved products in the treatment of all clinical areas and surfaces between every patient.


  • When you arrive for your appointment please call (508) 393-4544 and let us know you are here. (please give us your name and phone number).
  • Wait in your car, and we will call you as soon as we are ready to see you. All doors will be locked to avoid any worries about anyone else entering during your visit.
  • You will need to be wearing a face mask to enter the facility. Only one person at a time is being seen. (If someone came with you, they will need to wait for you outside the office).
  • We will be taking your temperature at the entrance, ask you a series of questions, and if all checks out, we will have you enter the office . We will have you use hand sanitizer, and then bring you right into the exam/ treatment room.
  • The surfaces in all exam rooms are cleaned and disinfected in between each patient to meet strict standards.
  • Dr. Poulos and staff will be using PPE during your entire visit.

We look forward to seeing you,

Dr. Poulos

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