Asymmetry of the Ears

Written by Frank P. Fechner, MD

Otoplasty (a.k.a. ear pinning; ear set-back surgery) is a facial plastic procedure designed to reduce ear prominence. Most commonly, both ears are effected although some mild asymmetries are common. If one ear appears right and the other one protrudes abnormally, one-sided otoplasty through an incision placed in the crease behind the ear can correct this issue.

Otoplasty is performed in the office under local anesthesia with sedation. It is a very effective and satisfying procedure but requires utmost attention to detail.