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Ear Lobe Reshaping

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Gauge Repair in San Diego

This photo example shows why Dr. Hilinski is considered San Diego's premiere gauge earring defect repair expert. He has extensive knowledge and experience performing this operation and does so on a very regular basis. In fact, Dr. Hilinski is one of only a few plastic surgeons who has actually published a medical paper on the topic of gauge earring defect correction. Although many plastic surgeons perform this type of cosmetic ear surgery, many do so... Continue Reading

Scapha Reduction Macrotia Surgery

Here is another example of one of my patients who underwent scapha reduction, or macrotia, ear surgery. This is a very rare type of surgery currently only performed by less than a handful of plastic surgeons - but one that I perform on a fairly regular basis. Although this is often discussed as being part of otoplasty surgery - it is quite different than doing ear pinning surgery.  There are quite a few plastic surgeons... Continue Reading

Earlobe Reduction Surgery

Take a look at this patient's earlobes that were reduced in size. This patient came to me desiring to have a more normal sized earlobe. Ultimately, I performed a cosmetic reduction procedure to remove the excess earlobe tissue. In the end, he was given a much more natural looking earlobe that was considerably smaller than the original size. And if you look real closely, you might be able to see where I made the cuts.... Continue Reading

Dr. Hilinski Published in JAMA for Gauge Earlobe Repair

Our team is proud to announce that Dr. John Hilinski has recently been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) for his work in facial plastic surgery. Dr. Hilinski was co-author of the article, “Reconstructing the Gauge Earlobe Defect,” along with Jessica Collins, MD, FRCSC and Joshua Harvey, BS. The article details the assessment and reconstruction of earlobe deformity caused by gauged earrings - a popular trend that gradually stretches the earlobe... Continue Reading

Large Gauge Earlobe Defect

Over the past several years, my practice has seen a huge increase in the number of patients seeking corrective plastic surgery for gauge earring defects. These patients have all had prior piercings with use of gauges that have stretched the earlobes to a variable degree. Once they stop using the gauges, the earlobes are left with a rather sizable defect. Correction of this type of earlobe abnormality requires very delicate plastic surgery performed by someone... Continue Reading

Macrotia Ear Plastic Surgery to Actually Make an Ear Smaller

Learn how I can actually make your ear smaller using scapha reduction technique for macrotia - also known as excessively large ears. This type of ear plastic surgery is much different from ear pinning surgery, which is intended to simply pull the ears back closer to the surface of the head. Macrotia ear plastic surgery is aspecialized type of otoplasty surgery with the goal of cutting out part of the ear to make it smaller.... Continue Reading

Another Gauge Piercing Repair

This is another great example of what gauge earring (gauge piercing) repair surgery can look like. This patient from San Diego, CA desired to have her gauge piercings repaired to make the earlobe appear more natural looking. I performed her surgery under local anesthesia, which took about 1.5 hours altogether. She had minimal discomfort following the gauge earring correction. These photos represent her surgical results at only one week out from surgery. I provide these... Continue Reading
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Stretched Earlobe Laceration Repair

This is the latest addition to our growing photo gallery of earlobe repair patients. This one would be considered a less dramatic case of gauge earring piercing correction. This young female from San Diego decided to get rid of her gauge earlobe piercings at an earlier stage than many other gauge earring users. Her earlobe defects were obvious but not as extensive as other patients that are seeking repair of the stretched earlobe. Like other... Continue Reading
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Gauge Earring Repair Updates

With an increasing number of patients requesting repair of gauged earring holes, we have just added a new page to our growing plastic surgery website that focuses on the nuances of how the earlobe is repaired following gauge piercings. We hope this proves helpful to those prospective patients out there who are considering surgical closure of a gauged earlobe hole.
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Gauge Earring Repair – Torn Earlobe Repair in San Diego, CA

We are now seeing an increasing number of patients coming to our practice for repair of their gauge earring defects involving their earlobes. This is yet another example of a patient who previously had gauges in his ear and decided to stop wearing them. Unfortunately, like many patients out there, the remaining hole, or defect, in the earlobe was still quite visible. As you can see in the photos provided here, the hole can be... Continue Reading
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Wearing Glasses After Cosmetic Ear Reshaping

A question that has come up frequently over the past few months involves whether or not patients can wear eyeglasses or sunglasses after cosmetic ear reshaping, or otoplasty. Our San Diego facial plastic surgery office happens to do a very high volume of otoplasty surgery with probably more experience in cosmetic ear reshaping than most plastic surgeons in Southern California. Over the past few months many of our otoplasty patients have asked about resuming use... Continue Reading
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Ear Pinning Example (Otoplasty) in San Diego

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... Continue Reading
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Ear Plastic Surgery Reshaping

One of the most dramatic views to compare when looking at before and after ear plastic surgery photos is this base view. It is always nice to confirm just how much change in the shape of the ear has been accomplished with otoplasty. For instance, this San Diego ear reshaping patient had ears that were fairly prominent in terms of sticking out from the side of the head. On this base view of her ears,... Continue Reading

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