Otoplasty (Ear Pinning Surgery) in Troy & Novi, MI

Ears that are misshapen, overly large, or abnormally prominent can draw unwanted attention and cause embarrassment to a child (or even an adult), becoming a source of teasing, taunting, and unfortunate name-calling. Many individuals are very conscious about the shape of their ears and use many techniques to hide or mask them. Fortunately, otoplasty sometimes referred to as “ear pinning” is a cosmetic plastic surgery ear procedure that corrects the shape, size, and prominence of the ear. Our board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Mune Gowda (offices in Novi & Troy, Michigan) offers ear surgery/ otoplasty plastic surgery to children and adults.

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Who Benefits From Otoplasty / Ear Pinning Surgery?

Prominent ears are a congenital abnormality in that they are present from birth. They are evident from an early age and become more evident as a child grows. Because of this, we offer cosmetic ear surgery to young children from the Novi & Troy and nearby areas.

There are several advantages to ear surgery correction of the ear at a relatively young age. The main one is to avoid the psychological issues of a child being teased at school. Teasing can cause problems with self-confidence and can make children somewhat ostracized and outcast in the school setting.

We generally recommend otoplasty for children who are between four to six years old. Children are not body-conscious until age six or seven, and thus correction at an earlier age prevents children from being teased. Children at this age also tolerate cosmetic ear surgery well and can bounce back with few problems. In addition, a child’s ear cartilage is very soft, pliable, and easily mouldable at this age, which helps in some of the technical aspects of the cosmetic ear surgery.

However, otoplasty can be performed at any age on any patient at our practice. The Novi / Troy Michigan plastic surgeon has operated on numerous patients of all ages.

Ear Pinning Plastic Surgery Procedure

Set prominent ears back closer to the head, or reduce the size of large ears. Most often performed on children between the ages of 4 and 14 years. Plastic surgery of the ears can safely be performed on adults at any age.

Length of procedure

2 to 3 hours.

What Type of Anesthesia is Used?

Young children: usually general. Older children or adults: general or local, with sedation.

Inpatient or Outpatient?



Back to work or school: approximately 4 days.

How Long to Return to Exercise?

1 to 2 months.

Duration of Results:


As a best in class plastic surgeon, Dr. Gowda provides highly personalized and comprehensive care. His philosophy regarding the physician/patient relationship is based on trust and has earned him one of the most respected reputations in South East Michigan. The top rated plastic surgeon uses the latest techniques to provide the most natural-looking results possible for your plastic surgery procedure.

For more information about ear pinning surgery (otoplasty) or to schedule a consultation with Mune Gowda, MD, FACS, please contact either our Novi Michigan plastic surgery practice:

Novi, MI Plastic Surgery Office
26850 Providence Parkway
Suite 125
Novi, MI 48374
(248) 305-8400

Troy, MI Plastic Surgery Office
3270 West Big Beaver
Suite 415
Troy, MI 48084
(248) 530-0000