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Ear Reshaping

Macrotia (Scapha Reduction) Case Example

When it comes to making a large ear smaller, I happen to be one of the few surgeons in the country who does this on a regular basis. This is termed macrotia surgery - also known as scapha reduction since the actual scapha is made to be smaller. Keep in mind this is totally unlike ear pinning, or otoplasty, surgery where the ear is essentially brought closer to the side of the head. Macrotia (scapha... Continue Reading

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

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

The Hilinski Foundation for Surgery

Stay tuned tomorrow night (Friday, Nov. 21st) to Channel 10 News at 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm when this little guy, Brian, from San Diego will be featured following recent facial plastic surgery to reshape his ears. I am very proud to say that our own Hilinski Foundation for Surgery was able to offer the services to him free of charge as part of our mission to provide charitable facial plastic surgery to deserving youth in... Continue Reading

Appearance 1 Day After Otoplasty

Many ear pinning patients wonder what the ears may look like in the early healing process after otoplasty surgery. So I decided to post this blog to give those a visual idea of what to expect in the average case. As I discuss with all my cosmetic ear pinning patients, the ears will appear overcorrected initially. I overcorrect the ear pinning because the ears have a certain amount of cartilage memory - where they want... 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

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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Cosmetic Ear Reshaping Otoplasty Incision Placement

During many of my otoplasty (cosmetic ear reshaping) consultations in my San Diego, CA office, patients commonly ask about the incision placement. Obviously, one of the concerns when undergoing cosmetic ear surgery is the visibility of scarring. Fortunately, I happen to use an otoplasty technique where my incisions are kept essentially entirely behind the ear. I do this specifically so that I can hide the ear incisions and scars from being visible. The photos here... 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

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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