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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

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

Can I Reduce the Size of My Ears?

Many patients who undergo surgery for their ears are concerned with how much the ear protrudes from the side of the head. Otoplasty surgery is commonly used to “pin” the ears back to cosmetically improve their natural position. However, some patients have ears that are disproportionately large compared to the size of their head, even when the ears are otherwise positioned close to the scalp. Macrotia ear surgery is designed to reduce the height and... 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

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

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

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

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