When a child or young adult has especially large or protruding ears, self-esteem can suffer. Ear pinning (or otoplasty) is a surgical procedure that can change the size and shape of the ears. This procedure may be performed on children age 5 or older, but it is frequently performed on adults as well. Ear pinning is a highly effective procedure that can improve both appearance and self-confidence

Otoplasty begins with an incision made behind the ear, after which cartilage is reshaped and sutured into place. Otoplasty takes just a couple hours to perform, and most normal activities can be resumed within a week.