Cosmetic Ear Surgery

Cosmetic ear surgery is a popular option for people with prominent or damaged ears. Dr. Cohen performs ear pinning surgeries to change the appearance of the ears and earlobe repair surgeries to correct tears or damage from piercings or gauges.

Ear Pinning (Otoplasty)

This procedure repositions the ears to reduce how far they stick out from the head and can also adjust the size and shape of the ear. An incision is made behind the ear in the crease where the ear attaches to the scalp. The cartilage is reshaped and excess skin is removed. The ear is then repositioned closer to the head and the incision closed. Ear pinning is performed under general anesthesia.

Recovery time is approximately one week. During the first 24 hours, a compression garment must be worn to minimize swelling. During the following two to four days, a more minimal compression headband that covers the ears may be necessary. Most patients can return to work within the first week, depending on their progress.

Earlobe Repair

Torn or stretched piercings can leave your earlobe misshapen, but earlobe repair improves the look of your damaged ear. This procedure restores torn, split, or gauged earlobes to a natural look. It is performed under local anesthesia. The skin lining the tear is cut away and excess tissue is removed if necessary. Dr. Cohen often uses a special flap technique that uses earlobe tissue to minimize the scarring, which results in a more natural finished appearance.

Recovery time is very brief, and patients can resume most normal activities immediately following the surgery. There may be minor swelling, and stitches are usually removed after one week.


Dr. Cohen is committed to ensuring her patients are informed and comfortable with their decision. Below, you will find a link to our frequently asked questions. If you would like to discuss this procedure further, please don’t hesitate to contact us.