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Lop Ear

Lop ear deformity is a condition that results from abnormal development of the top portion of the ear. It is also commonly referred to as a constricted ear or cup ear deformity.  The hallmark of a lop ear deformity is a helical rim (the top border of the ear) that is folded over. This can be mild in some cases or rather severe in others. When the segment of the ear just inside of the... Continue Reading
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Ear Pinning for Kids

Did you know that Dr. Hilinski performs more otoplasty, or ear pinning surgery, than most plastic surgeons in practice? In fact, we would go so far as to say that he does more cosmetic ear surgery than any other plastic surgeon here in San Diego. Testimony to this is his incredibly vast photo gallery of amazing ear pinning results. Just take a look for yourself and you see that he has example after example of... Continue Reading
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One-Sided Ear Pinning

We get many patient inquiries about having just one ear pinned back. There are quite a few patients out there who are bothered by one ear sticking out - while the other is totally normal looking. That is just the case here where this male patient had one ear - his left side - that just stuck out along the top half. He was happy with the position and shape of his right ear. So... Continue Reading
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Otostick for Big Ears

As someone who sees patients quite regularly for surgical correction of big ears, I have heard from several patients saying they were using Otostick to help make their ears look less prominent. So what is Otostick? And is this a long-term option for patients with ears that stick out too far? Otostick is basically an over-the-counter device that was designed to give patients a non-surgical option to pin their ears back closer to the side... Continue Reading
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Ear Pinning Expert

Who does more otoplasty, or ear pinning, than any other facial plastic surgeon in San Diego? Our guess is that Dr. John Hilinski performs ear pinning surgery more frequently than all other plastic surgeons here in town. If you look, for example, at his online photo gallery of otoplasty results, you will find that Dr. Hilinski has more real-life examples of ear pinning compared with most doctors in San Diego. Here is just one of... Continue Reading
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Incredible Ear Pinning Results!

Here is a case of cosmetic ear pinning, or otoplasty, where the results simply speak for themselves - and the result is just incredible! This young lady came to Dr. Hilinski after doing online research and coming to the conclusion that he was considered the best cosmetic ear surgeon in San Diego. Her main concern was that her ears stuck out too far from the side of her head. In addition, like so many otoplasty... Continue Reading
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San Diego’s #1 Cosmetic Ear Specialist

Here is yet another example of why Dr. Hilinski is considered San Diego's leading otoplasty surgeon. For many years now, Dr. Hilinski has been known as the best and most qualified plastic surgeon in San Diego performing cosmetic ear surgery. When he first came into practice in La Jolla, this mainly involved ear pinning, or otoplasty surgery. As his cosmetic surgery practice grew, Dr. Hilinski began doing more and more otoplasty surgery, which naturally attracted... Continue Reading
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Smaller Earlobes

Here is a great case example of how an earlobe can be made smaller in size. However, this is not your typical enlarged earlobe. When this patient first came to see San Diego's #1 cosmetic ear specialist, Dr. John Hilinski, she simply wanted to have her earlobes made smaller in size. In a great majority of cases, this can be done rather simply (for a board certified plastic surgeon!) by removing the excess skin and... Continue Reading
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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

Shrink the Size of Your Ear?

Can Dr. Hilinski actually make my ears shrink down in size? Yep! Take a look here at the most recent addition to his gallery of otoplasty surgery - which is more of a variant called macrotia, or scapha reduction surgery. This is a great example of how a highly trained otoplasty surgeon can take your ears from being too large (and prominent) to being just perfect in terms of size. After years and years of... Continue Reading
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Macrotia Surgery Instant Change

Macrotia surgery is a specific type of cosmetic ear reshaping procedure that helps to reduce the size of one's ear. Ear pinning is a completely different type of cosmetic ear surgery (otoplasty) that simple pulls the ear closer to the head and is much more commonly performed. Macrotia surgery involves actually making the size of the ear smaller - primarily focusing on reducing the upper half of the ear. This is a great example of... 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
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Otoplasty Helical Rim Reshaping

This is a visual case example showing how otoplasty surgery can help correct a prominent helical rim contour. This patient had otoplasty surgery to pin the ears back, but he was bothered by the fact his helical rim continued to stick out just a bit. This is actually not unusual when it comes to cosmetic ear surgery and otoplasty. In order to address this problem, a procedure was performed under just local anesthesia. A short,... Continue Reading

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