Ear Surgery at Des Moines

Dr. David Robbins has created a unique cosmetic surgery practice in Iowa where you can experience the education of a quadruple board-certified plastic surgeon (Dr. David Robbins) and a private operating suite at the office of Des Moines Plastic Surgery™. There is no longer a need to visit a hospital or surgery center to have ear surgery or otoplasty. We have it all in one convenient location!

We offer cosmetic consultations with Dr. Robbins and his highly qualified staff. Please call us at 515.221.9999 so we can answer any questions you may have and help you through your journey to get the look you have always wanted.


Because the ears are a modest, but important element of facial harmony, protruding ears can be troublesome for children and adults alike. At Des Moines Plastic Surgery™, ear pinning surgery, or otoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that can be used to improve the shape or position of your ears.

ear surgery illustration

Ear surgery can help alter the size, position, or proportion of your ears.

There are a variety of techniques that can be used to reshape or re-position the ears. Dr. Robbins will perform a thorough analysis of your anatomy to choose the right approach for your ears. Dr. Robbins is quadruple board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American Board of Laser Surgery. He is the only one in Iowa to be quadruple board certified.

Before & After Gallery

Ear Surgery Before and After Photo by Dr David Robbins

Schedule A Consultation

To learn more about the treatment of Ear Surgery in West Des Moines, Iowa, contact us and schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robbins.

When Do I Consider Ear Pinning Surgery?

Ear pinning surgery can improve the size, shape, and position of your ears. It may be time to consider ear-pinning surgery for you or your child if:

  • You or your child feel self-conscious or embarrassed
  • Your child is being constantly teased about his or her ears
  • You or your child has undergone significant injury or trauma to the ear

As a general rule, the best candidates for ear-pinning surgery will be healthy and possess realistic expectations. Ear pinning surgery is not recommended for children under four years of age because their ears may not be fully developed.

Ear Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

Ear pinning surgery is performed on an outpatient basis at Des Moines Plastic Surgery™ in our fully accredited operating room. For younger patients, surgery is typically completed under general anesthesia; on older patients, local anesthesia coupled with sedation is usually appropriate.

There are several techniques that may be used during ear surgery depending on the cosmetic problem. In most instances, Dr. Robbins will make a small incision along the back of the ear, exposing the cartilage. Dr. Robbins will then be able to modify or augment the underlying shape. Often, permanent sutures will also be used to help the ear hold its new shape.

Immediately following surgery, which will be done within our fully accredited in-office operating room, a compression garment will be wrapped around your head. You will need to wear this garment for 7 to 10 days. It’s possible that you will experience some discomfort, itching or throbbing in your ears. Dr. Robbins will provide you with prescription pain medication to make this initial phase of recovery more manageable.

Bruising and swelling will be visible for a couple of weeks, but you should be able to return to work and other normal routines within a week to 10 days. Children returning to school should opt out of physical education classes for at least a month.

Dr. Robbins will make every effort to conceal incisions within the natural contours of your ears, so visible scarring should be minimal. Any scarring immediately following surgery will gradually fade and flatten over the course of several months to a year.

Because permanent sutures are often placed during ear pinning surgery, your results will be long-lasting. There is a small risk of relapse after surgery.

Ear pinning surgery offers a high success rate with a low incidence of complications; however, it’s important to remember that all surgical procedures present a degree of risk and uncertainty. These risks will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Robbins at Des Moines Plastic Surgery™. Some risks may include, but not limited to, infection, allergic reaction to anesthesia, blood clots or the need for revision surgery.

Learn More About Ear Pinning Surgery
In Des Moines

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Robbins specializes in ear pinning surgery for adults and children. If you’re ready to take the next step, it’s time to schedule a cosmetic consultation for ear pinning surgery in at Des Moines Plastic Surgery™. Call us at 515.221.9999 today or email us.

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