Otoplasty, or ear pinning, is a procedure used to correct protruding ears by reshaping the ear cartilage and setting it back to the head. The goal of this procedure is to draw attention away from the ears and restore the ears to a more natural shape and position.
This procedure is performed on children and adults. For children, it is usually done after the age of 4, ideally before any teasing occurs in school. After the surgery, a dressing is placed around the ear for one night. To ensure proper healing, a headband is worn at night for several weeks.