Otoplasty, also known as ear pinning, is a procedure designed to improve the overall appearance of the ear. The ear should extent outwards from the head at approximately 25-35 degrees. When it protrudes farther than this it is considered abnormal. This may be because it is missing a bend at the top (antihelical fold) causing it to "flop over" or because of too much cartilage pushing the ear outwards. This happens more commonly than most people realize, affecting up to 5% of the Caucasian population. Other problems may be the ear folds over too much or not enough. This all may become more of a concern during the adolescent years although corrective surgery can take place beginning around age 4 to minimize the social stigma.
Whatever the cause, there are surgical options to correct it, most of which can be performed in the office setting. Dr. Guy can discuss these options at your consultation.