Ear Surgery

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Ear Surgery Basics

At Stiller Aesthetics, we can correct a variety of issues associated with the ear using plastic surgery, including:

We also provide ear sculpturing to correct for Stahl’s Ear deformity, constricted ear, macrotia, conchal set back, and helix flaps and slides.

While we see many adults who seek surgery to correct cosmetic ear problems, infants and children can benefit from consultation and surgery to repair birth defects and other abnormalities.

During your consultation with Dr. Stiller, photos will be taken of your ears from many angles, and the doctor will explain what you are seeing and what, if anything, can and should be done.

Benefits Of Ear Surgery

Is ear surgery right for me?

If you are struggling with the shape, proportion, or position of your ears or ear lobes, then ear surgery may be right for you. Patients can undergo an Otoplasty (ear reshaping), an earlobe repair (gauge repair), or ear reconstruction, depending on your specific concerns and anatomy. Dr. Stiller will discuss the possible benefits you can expect from your surgery and explain in detail the types of results for each type.

Ear Surgery Procedure

There are a number of different types of ear surgery that we perform here at Stiller Aesthetics. Dr. Stiller will determine which technique is best for your unique concerns and desired results.

Otoplasty is a surgical or non-surgical operation to restore or enhance the appearance of an ear or both ears. It is performed by correcting the deformities and defects of the pinna (external ear) and reconstructing the defective, deformed, or absent external ear, consequent to congenital conditions (e.g. microtia, anotia, etc.) and trauma (blunt, penetrating, or blast). Dr. Stiller will correct the defect or deformity by creating an external ear that is of natural proportions, contour, and appearance, usually achieved by the reshaping, moving, and augmenting of the cartilaginous support framework of the pinna.    

Earlobe repair can correct torn, ripped, drooping, and/or stretched-out earlobes. This is not to be confused with otoplasty, which is typically performed to correct large, protruding, or deformed ears. Piercing your ears puts the earlobes at risk for stretching, tearing, and keloid scarring (a benign growth of scar tissue). Because of their location, the tears are often split and are very visible. Earlobe repair surgery fixes the split and enables you to wear earrings again.  

Earlobe reduction is surgery performed, either therapeutically or cosmetically, to reduce the size of the earlobe. Earlobe deformity may be a result of a congenital condition or may occur later on in life due to a number of causes, including trauma or cancer. Some people are born with larger earlobes than others, which may cause considerable psychological effects and body image problems. Earlobe surgery can be performed to rectify this situation.  

Earlobe reconstruction is surgery to repair deformed or damaged earlobes. Reversal begins by stopping the use of gauges or heavy earrings. For many, there will be gradual shrinkage. If tissues have been stretched too far, a significant deformity can remain. Earlobe reconstruction can rectify these damges to the earlobe.

Ear Surgery Recovery

Recovery after ear surgery can vary between patients depending on the surgery they receive; however, all procedures are known to be simple with little downtime. Ear surgery is an outpatient procedure, so after a short period of recovery time, you will go home the same day. You will need a person 18 years or older with you the day of surgery. Patients usually can return to work or school within 1 week.

Results

The results of your ear surgery will depend on your age, how long the ear has been stretched, and how much stretching the tissue has been through. The earlobe is easily manipulated for decoration because it has no cartilage, but this trait increases the earlobe’s susceptibility to damage that requires surgical correction. Most patients notice a great difference after their ear surgery and results are long lasting.