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Ear Reduction Healing

See what early healing looks like following macrotia ear reduction surgery performed by Dr. John Hilinski. Macrotia ear reduction surgery, or scapha reduction surgery, is an unusual type of cosmetic ear surgery that is intended to actually make an ear smaller in size - not just pinning the ear back closer to the head. Dr. Hilinski is one of the nation's few experts in macrotia ear reduction. Learn more about this by using this link... Continue Reading

How Old Do You Have to Be for Otoplasty?

Otoplasty is one of the few cosmetic surgeries performed on children. The procedure is often considered when parents recognize that their child is embarrassed of having prominent ears as they try to hide them. For example, girls may not want to wear their hair up, and boys may want to keep their hair long. Ear pinning is most commonly performed on children who are between the ages of five and ten, since their ears will... Continue Reading

What Are the Benefits of Otoplasty Surgery?

Otoplasty, also known as ear pinning or ear shaping, can improve the position and/or shape of the ears. The procedure is most common in children between the ages of five and ten, as it helps prevent them from being teased and embarrassed at school. Otoplasty is also a viable option for adults who are self-conscious about their ears. Ear surgery can improve a variety of cosmetic concerns, including: The balance from one ear to the... Continue Reading

Suture Reshaping of the Ear

Learn more about suture reshaping of the ear in this latest addition to our otoplasty discussion page. This case example focuses on use of Mustarde suture technique - a specific method that can be used to cosmetically reshape the overly prominent ear in otoplasty patients. See for yourself why our office has become a regional referral center for plastic surgery of the ear.
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Dr. John Hilinski Answers Frequently Asked Questions About Ear Surgery

Recently, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) released statistics revealing that 30,358 otoplasty procedures were performed across the United States in 2012, making ear surgery the 10th most popular cosmetic surgery performed last year. In light of the procedure’s popularity, we sat down with our double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. John Hilinski, to learn a bit more about cosmetic ear surgery at our San Diego facial plastic surgery practice. Below are Dr. Hilinski’s... Continue Reading

Expert Ear Pinning Otoplasty Surgery

This very pleasant young man was just seen in follow-up today following ear pinning surgery to correct overly prominent ears. As you can see from his before photos, his ears were developed such that they stuck out too far from the side of the head. In fact, his ears nearly stuck out at a 90 degree angle creating unwanted attention. His parents elected to have him undergo cosmetic otoplasty, or ear pinning, surgery to correct... Continue Reading
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Ear Lobe Reshaping Otoplasty Surgery in San Diego, CA

Learn more about otoplasty surgery in San Diego offered by Dr. John Hilinski by reviewing this latest addition to our online otoplasty resource and primer. Dr. John Hilinski is considered one of the busiest and best otoplasty surgeons in San Diego due to his dedicated experience in performing plastic surgery of the ear. This most recent addition to our online education resource focuses on a San Diego patient who desired to have his earlobes (ear... Continue Reading
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San Diego Earlobe Repair Gauge Piercings Corrected

We are seeing an increasing number of patients with gauge earlobe piercing holes who desire to have the problem repaired. As has been noted in prior blog entries on gauge earlobe repair, this type of plastic surgery of the ear requires relatively specific training and experience in cosmetic ear surgery. Although there may be a number of board certified plastic surgeons in your particular area, not all of the surgeons have the required expertise in... 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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Pediatric Ear Pinning in San Diego, CA by Dr. Hilinski

Dr. John Hilinski has extensive experience in ear pinning and otoplasty surgery to help cosmetically improve the appearance of prominent ears. This includes vast knowledge of pediatric ear pinning, or otoplasty for children. This particular patient is a great example of ear pinning in children. He is a young boy who had concerns with prominent ears and desired to have them reshaped to make the ears look smaller and more proportional for his face. Dr.... Continue Reading
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Another Very Happy San Diego Otoplasty Patient!

Dr. John Hilinski, board certified facial plastic surgeon, presents another very happy ear pinning, or otoplasty, patient from San Diego, CA. This young male desired to have his ears pinned back because they were overly prominent for his liking. Like many otoplasty patients, his ears were asymmetrically enlarged with his left ear sticking out further than his right. Dr. Hilinski recommended ear pinning under just local anesthesia and an oral sedative pill in our own Hilinski Ambulatory Surgery... Continue Reading
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Short and Long-term Ear Pinning Results in San Diego, CA

Dr. Hilinski would like to present the short and long-term follow-up results of an ear pinning patient from San Diego, CA. This attractive female patient underwent otoplasty, or ear pinning, surgery to address her overly prominent ears. As you can see, her ears were somewhat different from right to left, which is more the rule than the exception when it comes to otoplasty patients. Dr. Hilinski performed the cosmetic ear reshaping surgery from behind the... Continue Reading
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Ear Pinning (Otoplasty) in San Diego, CA

Dr. John Hilinski, board certified facial plastic surgeon in San Diego, CA, discusses another example of ear pinning (also known as otoplasty or ear reshaping). This female patient from San Diego presented to the office complaining of prominent ears. She was found to have overly developed ears that were asymmetric - meaning one stuck out further than the other. In this case, the patient's left ear was more prominent than the right. We discussed in... Continue Reading

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