Otoplasty or Ear Pinning

Otoplasty is designed to improve the shape, position and proportion of the ear. It can correct a structural defect due to birth, or make aesthetic correction to problems due to sports or other injury.

Preparing For Ear Pinning Surgery

Special instructions you receive will cover:

  • What to do on the day of surgery
  • Post-operative care and follow-up
  • The use of anesthesia during your procedure

As with all other surgery, ear pinning surgery will take place at Dr. Bell's accredited surgical clinic in Toronto.


Medications are administered for your comfort during the ear pinning (otoplasty) surgery. The choices include local, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Dr. Bell will recommend the best choice for you.

The incision

Correction of protruding ears uses surgical techniques to create or increase the fold just inside the rim of the ear, and to reduce enlarged cartilage in the largest and deepest hollow of the external ear. Incisions for ear pinning surgery are generally made on the back surface of the ear. When incisions are necessary on the front of the ear, they are made within its folds to hide them. Internal, non-removable sutures are used to create the newly shaped cartilage and secure it in place.

Dr. Bell uses external stitches close the incision. His techniques are individualized. His surgical experience and knowledge of facial structure ensures that other structures are not distorted and helps avoid an obvious “pinned ” appearance.

Expected Results

Ear pinning surgery offers near-immediate results in cases of protruding ears. With the ear permanently aligned closer to the head, surgical scars are either hidden behind the ear or well-hidden in the natural creases of the ear.