Ear Pinning in Portland (Otoplasty)

An otoplasty is a surgical procedure that corrects significantly protruding ears for those that are self conscious. The procedure is designed to help correct the shape, proportion, or position of the ear due to genetics, birth deformities, or trauma. For patients young and mature who struggle with prominent ears, Dr. Elisa Burgess offers ear pinning surgery, or otoplasty, at her Portland, OR area practice. There are multiple reasons that people undergo otoplasty surgery in Portland, including:

  • To reshape prominent ears
  • To pin back ears
  • To normalize appearance and put an end to teasing


Rely on Dr. Burgess to determine your candidacy.

Good candidates include:

  • Children aged 5 or older
  • Adults and children who are highly self-conscious about the protrusion of their ears
  • People who want ears that lay flatter against their head
  • People who have been bullied because of protruding or cupped ears
  • People who have considered all the options, pros, and cons, and are making an informed decision
  • People who want flatter ears for their own satisfaction, not to please others
  • People in good overall health who don’t smoke or use tobacco

This can be an especially difficult choice when parents are making the decision for young children. Let Dr. Burgess offer guidance and support. As a parent you want what is best for your child, and the otoplasty procedure may be a simple way to prevent self-consciousness and bullying. It may ultimately enhance your child’s self-esteem and self-worth. The procedure is commonly performed on teens and children as young as 5, so you can rely on an established safety record.

Following the procedure, adults may return to work after about five days, while children should wait about one week to return to school cautiously. During this healing time, the head will be wrapped in a bandage to maintain the new form of the ears, and the head should be elevated to improve swelling. Stitches will be removed after one week. It is recommended that a headband be worn to keep down the ears as much as possible in the months following surgery. Dr. Burgess will encourage you to walk around after surgery. Bruising, swelling, and aching are likely, and discomfort may be managed with medication. Swelling may cause some loss of feeling in the ear. It is imperative to avoid any strenuous activity or heavy lifting for at least four weeks. Traveling long distances is not recommended in the first month following surgery. Ensure that you attend all scheduled exams following recovery. Scars from the procedure will be noticeable at first but will improve over the next year. Understand that results are not guaranteed to last a lifetime and may require future revision surgery. After healing is completed, the patient should see more natural-looking ears and may gain some self-confidence.

Some possible side effects of otoplasty in Portland may include infection, formation of scar tissue, need for revision surgery, as well as other unforeseen risks.

Patients interested in pinning back protruding ears are encouraged to contact Dr. Burgess at her Portland-area office with any questions.

There is often a noticeable difference right away, but it may be obscured by swelling and bandaging. In general, you will see your final results after about 2 weeks.

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I have visited Burgess Plastic Surgery several times for a variety of reasons. I have never had a bad experience. First of all, the clinic is always clean, warm, and inviting. The staff is friendly and helpful. They are eager to help and answer questions and make me feel safe and secure. Dr. Burgess is amazing! She always has the right ideas and I always walk away feeling beautiful without any pressure! I highly recommend this clinic!


If you are interested in learning more or getting started with Ear Pinning, please contact our office by calling 503-699-6464 to get started today!

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