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Smaller Ears From Macrotia Surgery

Dr. Hilinski is seeing increasing numbers of patients seeking smaller ears. In nearly all of these cases, macrotia scapha enlargement is present and contributes to the ear looking too big from various angles.

Here is yet another example of just this problem. This particular patient – like so many of our macrotia ear reduction surgery patients – flew to the United States from another country to see Dr. Hilinski. He was especially bothered by the fact that his left ear was misshapen versus his right ear. More specifically, he disliked the fact his left ear had an enlarged scapha region as his shown in the adjacent clinical photo. You can readily appreciate how the upper portion of his auricle – the flatter appearing section – is over developed. This gives the appearance the ear juts out too much in an upward direction. In addition, the helical rim of his ear was abnormally shaped since it follows the unusual shape of the enlarged scapha. After researching abnormally large ears online, the patient discovered Dr. Hilinski and the fact that he is one of the only plastic surgeons in America who performs cosmetic ear reduction surgery on a regular basis. Furthermore, Dr. Hilinski had the largest online gallery of photo examples of patients who underwent macrotia ear reduction surgery by him. Knowing he would be in good hands, the patient made arrangements to fly to San Diego to have his surgery performed by Dr. Hilinski.

The surgery performed on this patient’s left ear is the same surgery that Dr. Hilinski performs on a regular basis for patients with bilateral scapha enlargement. The goal of the surgery was simply to reduce the size of the left ear to better approximate the shape and size of the patient’s right ear. The operation took about 75 minutes to complete and was performed under only local anesthesia – like going to the dentist. At the conclusion of the macrotia ear reduction surgery, Dr. Hilinski placed a compression wrap around the ear to prevent unwanted complications. After 2-3 days, this bandage can be removed in the office setting. Thereafter, patients are allowed to go without any bandages during the day. When patients go to sleep Dr. Hilinski recommends use of an athletic headband to protect the ears from getting kinked while sleeping. But, otherwise, bandages are not necessary.

Within a few days, this patient was allowed to fly home to his native country. Like so many of our out of town (and out of country) patients, this one elected to have his follow-up appointment via Skype. That is when this after photo was taken – about 6 weeks out from macrotia surgery – showing a beautiful surgical outcome. You can see in the comparisons shown here just how much improvement was made by Dr. Hilinski. No longer is this patient bothered by the excess cartilage and skin that contributed to the overly developed appearance of his ear. His ear now has a much more natural, gentle curvature to it – and better matches his right ear. Overall, the patient was quite happy with his results and utterly content with his choice of surgeon.

If you have overly developed, large ears – and desire to have them made smaller – contact Dr. John Hilinski today. He is one of the only board certified plastic surgeons in the United States who has dedicated expertise and experience in making ears smaller in size using macrotia ear reduction techniques.


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