Otoplasty (Ear Pinning)

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Ear pinning or otoplasty is an operation to address prominent ears and place them closer to the head. Dr Drielsma can also address other concerns, such as large ears or “lop” ears.  In many cases, parents seek otoplasty for their child prior to commencing school.

Bat Ear Correction


Dr Drielsma performs otoplasty through an incision behind the ear. However individual surgical requirements may require other incisions. Dr Drielsma uses both permanent and dissolving stitches. Although possible to do under local anesthetic, otoplasty, particularly in children, is usually done as a day stay procedure under a light anesthetic. Patients require a head bandage for a week.

When contemplating otoplasty for a child, the age depends on patient preference. Dr Drielsma commonly performs this surgery prior to school age (under 5). However many age groups request this surgery.

Important points to remember before proceeding with surgery

  • Healing continues for some time following surgery as the skin shrinks and adjusts.
  • There can be no absolute guarantee with any surgery. Remember, the realistic aim of this operation is improvement, not perfection. Don’t expect both ears to match perfectly – perfect symmetry is both unlikely and unnatural in ears.
  • In the hands of even the most experienced surgeon, a secondary operation to correct residual asymmetry or a minor irregularity may be needed subsequently.
  • You should avoid smoking and taking aspirin or aspirin-containing medications for at least three weeks before and after surgery to assist the healing process.

Individual results may vary. All surgery carries risks.

You should get a second opinion from a qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon before proceeding with surgery.

Dr Drielsma is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon.