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Overly prominent ears can distract from your overall appearance, and large or protruding ears in children can lead to low self-esteem or bullying. Otoplasty, also known as ear pinning, from Tampa cosmetic surgeon Dr. Joseph J. Castellano can create a more proportional size or a more symmetrical shape for the ears. Request a consultation to meet with Dr. Castellano and learn more about how cosmetic ear surgery can help you feel more confident about your appearance.

When Ear Pinning Is Right

The best candidates for ear reshaping surgery are in good overall health and have realistic expectations for their procedure outcome. The ears are fully developed by 4 to 5 years of age and children are potential candidates for an otoplasty shortly before they start school.

  • Ears that stick out too far from the head

    Ears that stick out from the sides of the head can be distracting, and may make children and teens the targets of teasing.

  • Ears That Are Overly Large or Disproportionate

    Some people can feel as though their overly large or asymmetrical ears can detract from their natural beauty. Ear surgery can correct the shape and size of the ears to be much more balanced with the facial contours.

  • Correct a Previous Ear Surgery

    Ear surgery can be performed to correct issues from a previous surgery.

What to Expect

Each otoplasty procedure is customized for the individual’s needs. In the case of resizing overly large ears, Dr. Castellano may remove some cartilage and skin, creating a more flattering size for one or both ears. Ears that are missing some of their natural folds can often have natural-looking folds created with their own tissue and cartilage.

To reposition ears closer to the sides of the head, Dr. Castellano will make an incision behind the ear before drawing the ear closer to the head and reattaching the skin and cartilage using scoring techniques. Excess skin will be removed.Most otoplasty procedures take between 2 and 3 hours.

Recovery & Results

Following your ear pinning procedure, you can expect some swelling, bruising and feelings of tightness. Most of the noticeable bruising and swelling will fade within 2 to 3 weeks. It’s important that you keep the incisions clean and dry as you heal. Dr. Castellano may ask you to wear a special headband or bandages for the first 7 to 10 days of your recovery.

Most people take around 1 week away off of work after getting ear surgery. You can gradually ease back into more strenuous activities over the following several weeks. Be sure to keep your incisions protected from the sun for at least 6 months after your surgery. You should be able to see your final results within 3 to 6 months of your procedure.

With Other Procedures

Some people choose ear reshaping surgery as part of a broader plan to rejuvenate their appearance. Rhinoplasty is also a common procedure for both adults and teens, and can restructure the nose for easier breathing as well as improve harmony among facial features. Cheek or chin implants can also help create a more balanced appearance.

Additional Resources

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Otoplasty | Ear Pinning Surgery
Service Type
Otoplasty | Ear Pinning Surgery
Provider Name
Dr. Joseph J. Castellano,
105 S. MacDill Avenue Suite 203,Tampa,Florida-33609,
Telephone No.(813) 803-6524
Tampa-St. Petersburg
Ear pinning surgery, or otoplasty, in Tampa from Castellano Cosmetic Surgery Center can be performed in adults or children for a balanced appearance.

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