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Otoplasty in Philadelphia

Otoplasty (ear pinning) is designed to correct protruding or disfigured ears in children and adults who live in New Jersey and the Philadelphia area. The shape, position, or proportion of the ear may be corrected. The goal is to create a natural shape and position, improving the balance and proportion between the ears and face.

What is the procedure?

Numerous surgical procedures can be employed to correct ear protrusion. The selection of technique is based on the underlying cause of the condition. Some patients benefit from placing simple stitches in the ear cartilage to reposition the ears closer to the head, while other patients need cartilage removal. Often these procedures are performed in combination.

Protruding ears

Ears that protrude too far from the head may cause embarrassment or force you to wear certain hairstyles or hats to attempt to hide your ears. In these cases, ear surgery can be life-changing, with all concerns about your ears gone permanently. The procedure may involve placing stitches in the ear cartilage, removing a small section of cartilage, or both based on your unique ear structure.

Misshapen ears

If only one ear is protruding, one is larger, or you have a “shell-shaped” ear, the problem can be corrected with a custom surgery.  Surgery is often performed when a patient is younger while the ear cartilage is still soft and flexible.  Many adults are also good candidates and seek otoplasty to correct misshapen ears which have bothered them their whole life. 

Large earlobes

Some people inherited very large, thick earlobes, and choose to undergo surgery to remove excess skin to create a more aesthetic size. 

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Otoplasty Procedure Facts

The Procedure

The procedure is performed through a well-hidden incision made behind the ear. Specialized sutures are used to “pin” the ears back to a more natural position. Additionally, cartilage removal and remodeling may also be performed. A small piece of the excess cartilage may be removed to create a more natural and longer-lasting result. A compressive head wrap is placed at the end of the procedure to maintain ear position.

After the Procedure

All patients are sent home the day of surgery and are given a set of post-procedure instructions to follow. A compressive head wrap will be placed, and is not to be removed. Patients will follow up on the first post-procedure day for a check-up. At that time, the head wrap will most likely be removed. The patient will then follow up as directed by Dr. Corrado during the post-procedure course.


The recovery period averages seven to ten days. When the compressive head wrap is removed, patients are asked to wear an elastic athletic headband for several weeks to help maintain the correct ear position during the healing process. Physical activity is reduced for the first three weeks. Contact sports and wearing a helmet are discouraged for several months, and any activity which puts the ears in jeopardy of trauma should be avoided.


The procedure is performed IV sedation or general anesthesia can be administered for further relaxation.

Length of Time

The procedure takes between two to three hours, depending on the amount of remodeling necessary.

Surgical Goals

To reposition the protruding ears in a normal relationship to the head and face.

Why choose Dr. Corrado?

Otoplasty is an intricate procedure that requires your plastic surgeon to have great knowledge and experience in this type of surgery to achieve naturally appearing beautiful results. Dr. Corrado is double board-certified plastic surgeon in both facial plastic surgery, as well as otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat surgery). His high level of specialized training has provided him great expertise in dealing with the delicate anatomy of the ears.  His breadth of knowledge is extraordinary, and you can trust that your procedure will be performed with the most advanced techniques, with results that are balanced, natural, and beautiful.

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