Ear pinning and earlobe repair


Ear pinning (otoplasty) and earlobe repair

A procedure known as otoplasty, or ear pinning, is used to correct the size, shape, and/or placement of an individual's ears.

Ear pinning is typically done on 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 patients.

The scars resulting from ear pinning are quite small and easily hidden by the crease behind the ear. 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 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.

Ear pinning can be performed on children as young as six (when the ear is fully formed) and adults.

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 4-6 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 face lifts, the earlobe can appear attached to the head, and stretched. This "pixie" earlobe can also be corrected in our in-office surgery suite.

Contact Us


If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Poulos and team. We are glad to help.

14 Prospect Street
Milford, MA 01757
Tel: 1-877-377-6567
Tel: 1-508-393-4544

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