Ear Pinning

can ears be pulled farther away from face through surgery? will ear pinning still allow me to tuck my hair behind my ears?

Doctor Answers 5

Otoplasty surgery

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Yes, you can move the ears away from the head but it's a much more complicated procedure... as for the normal otoplasty surgery, this places the ear closer to your head and yes, you should be able to put your hair behind your ear after this surgery.

Otoplasty (Ear Set-back or Pinning) will still allow the hair to be tucked behind the ear

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I am sorry I don't understand the first question. Did you mean can ears be pulled CLOSER to the face?

Otoplasty (ear pinning or set-back) allow the ear to be placed closer to the face and is a wonderful procedure with a high satisfaction rate.  If the ear is placed at an appropriate (normal) distance from the face, you will be able to tuck you hair behind your ear.

The technique which I use places the scar BEHIND the ear.  Best of all, the procedure can be done under local anesthesia, if desired.

Michael A. Jazayeri, MD
Santa Ana Plastic Surgeon

Ear Expansion Requires Rib Cartilage Grafts

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I believe you are asking whether the ears can have a great angle or distance from the side of the head, an increased auriculo-cephalic angle. This is the reverse of the typical otoplasty or ear pinning request. It is possible...yes. But it would require rib cartilage grafts to hold the new shape of the ear outward as expansion requires a structural support. Whether that effort is worthwhile would depend on how bad your present ear position and shape bothers you.

Ear Surgery Question

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Hello Sarahbush

             In reply to your question, it should be possible to tuck your hair behind your ear after an otoplasty or "ear pinning" surgery.  This surgery is usually performed to bring the ears "back" toward the head rather than away from it; I have never had anyone request the opposite.  Seek consultation with a plastic surgeon to discuss all of these options: to be avoided is the "plastered ear" look where the ear is set back too close to the head.  In some instances, an otoplasty can also address deformities within the ear structure such as the intricate contours and correct these if appropriate.

Jerry Lugger, MD
Southlake Plastic Surgeon

Ear deformity questions

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Dear Sarahbush,

Ear pinning, when done properly, will allow you to tuck your hair behind your ear.  I am sorry but I am afraid that I don't understand your  first question.  A consultation with a Plastic surgeon will allow someone to evaluate your concerns and then perhaps better answer your concerns.  Good luck

Craig Harrison, MD, PA
Tyler Plastic Surgeon

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