Ear Reshaping

EKicons_Ear ReshapingOtoplasty, also known as ear reshaping or ear pinning, is performed to set back protruding ears and reshape the cartilage.


Many people have protruding ears and have been bothered by this from a young age. They are often teased by their peers. The ears may stick out from the head so much that a girl’s hairstyle cannot hide them or boys find sports helmets are uncomfortable to wear.

Cartilage malformation will cause the top of the ear (the antihelical fold or Y-shape) not to form. This results in the top of the ear being flat, which pushes out from the head. Usually this is accompanied by a deep concha (the bowl of the ear), which physically pushes the ear away from the skull.

Otoplasty corrects the lack of cartilage folding by placing permanent sutures from the back of the ear into the cartilage to create a fold. The deep conchal bowl is corrected by taking a strip of cartilage out and suturing the ear back onto the skull. Insurance does not provide benefits for this procedure.



Otoplasty is a day surgery procedure, and it takes about two weeks for the swelling in the ear to recede and look more normal. Patients wear a headband for two to three weeks for support and protection, and physical activities are curtailed during this time. Children can have this condition corrected, but we usually wait until they are five to six years old. At that point, the ear is approximately 85% of its adult size, and it is less likely that subsequent ear growth would affect the repair.


Related Procedures

Earlobe Repair


Next Steps

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My outcome has far exceeded my expectations

I carefully researched a LOT of Dallas plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons also in Plano TX, Frisco and Fort Worth. When I was done with my research, I finally chose a female Dallas Plano plastic surgeon Dr. Elizabeth Kerner, MD. She'd treated thousands of patients over 30 years in Dallas and Plano and has a rock-solid reputation. That meant a lot to me. Her experience speaks for itself in the quality of her work and her attention to detail. I wanted a surgeon with an excellent education & certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and not some other similarly-named outfit. Dr. Kerner was very personable and connected easily with me, asking all the right questions to understand exactly what I wanted and what my preferences were. She treated me like I was her only patient of the day. After talking with me, she examined me and took some measurements and recited some technical remarks and directions to her nurse who entered everything into their computer.  After she fully understood what I wanted and asked questions to help me even better refine my vision of what I wanted, Dr. Kerner showed me and explained exactly what she could do, and exactly what to expect in my procedure, my recovery, and my outcome. She made it very clear that my satisfaction and the outcome I wanted was paramount. My outcome has far exceeded my expectations, hence this long review. Everything she had told me turned out to be exactly true and accurate but even better than I expected. I feel blessed that I found Dr. Liz Kerner as my Dallas plastic surgeon and would never, ever consider another.

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The price was very reasonable and the results are perfect

I had my plastic surgery done in Plano TX after recommendations to go see Dr. Kerner. From getting older my earlobes had become longer and droopy. Right there in her office at Presbyterian Hospital Plano she examined me, drew a few lines and explained how the whole thing would work. The price was very reasonable, the results are perfect and I simply cannot see any scars on either ear. Great job by a great plastic surgeon.


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