One of the most commonly performed surgeries here at The Hilinski Clinic of Facial Plastic Surgery is ear pinning to help reshape an overly prominent ear. This is a plastic surgery procedure involving the ear that is listed on many plastic surgeons’ websites. Unfortunately, many board certified plastic surgeons, even those that are well-established in the community, simply do not do ear pinning on a regular basis. What sparked this plastic surgery blog entry is a discussion I just had with a San Diego patient looking to have ear pinning surgery. We were both commenting on how many plastic surgeons here in San Diego ‘offer’ ear pinning surgery as part of their practice. But only a small percentage of these plastic surgeons have a good number of patient photo examples to show potential ear pinning candidates their actual surgical results. You have to ask yourself why this is the case? The answer is likely because they simply haven’t done the surgery often enough with successful results to have developed a photo library of this particular plastic surgery procedure. What else would explain this?
San Diego Ear Pinning Sampling
Because of this most recent ear pinning consultation, I conducted a quick, informal sampling of San Diego plastic surgeons offering ear pinning, or otoplasty, surgery online. I did this to get an idea of how many photo gallery examples were provided. Out of six plastic surgeons’ websites here in San Diego, there was an average of 1-2 ear pinning photos showing their work. Granted, this isn’t a very scientific method. But, in my personal opinion as a board certified facial plastic surgeon, I think you would have more patient examples to show if you were doing ear pinning surgery on a regular basis. Just makes sense, doesn’t it?