Ear pinning, also called otoplasty, is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears. This is usually done on children before kindergarten. Ears are almost fully grown by age 4, and the earlier the surgery, the less teasing the child will have to endure. Ear surgery on adults is also possible and there are generally no additional risks associated with ear surgery on an older patient.
Ear lobe repair is for patients that have an ear cleft caused by heavy earrings, torn earlobes or a gauge deformity (popular stretching of the earlobe by teens). Reconstruction of the earlobe is a simple procedure that will allow for repair. After healing, a new piercing can be placed if desired.
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