Otoplasty, also known as ear pinning, is one surgery that Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins will perform on patients of almost any age. The most common cosmetic problem related to ears is that they are too prominent or stick out from the side of the head.
Treatment involves reshaping/repositioning this tissue so there is symmetry of the two sides as well as a more normal relationship of the ear to the face and side of the head. The ear should roughly parallel the plane of the cheek. Too close to the head is no better than too far out!
Another problem that bothers many people is having earlobes that are too large. This can be readily treated in most cases by removing the “extra” earlobe tissue and hiding the incisions under the ear and against the cheek.