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What’s the recovery time for surgery to have ears pinned back?

Question posted by TOM from Toronto, Ontario

Since I was little, I have always had ears that stuck out.  I suffered thru lots of teasing as a child and doctors said that I would have to wait until I was older to do anything about.  Now I am in my 20s and would like to have them pinned back.   Can you please let me know the best way to find a doctor in Toronto and how much this would cost,  downtime, etc

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  • Dear TOM,

    Thank you for your clinical post and
    question.  Ear pinning or the reduction
    of outstanding ears involves the surgical manipulation of the cartilages of the
    ear to set the ear closer back to the scalp. 
    This is a specialized surgery performed by specialists, plastic surgeons
    or facial plastic surgeons and is generally performed under local anesthesia or
    at most IV sedation.  To set back an
    average pair of outstanding ears takes approximately 1.5 hours and most
    patients need to understand there’s a recovery period of 7-10 days where there
    are sutures following redness and tenderness. 
    In addition, a headband is often worn for 6 weeks following surgery to
    minimize recurrence of the outstanding ear.

    Generally, the results from setback
    otoplasty or ear pinning ear excellent and most patients are extremely happy.

    Best of luck.

    To schedule a consultation or find
    out more, please visit

    R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.

    Certified Plastic Surgeon

    Yorkville, Toronto

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