Ear Surgery Basics
At Stiller Aesthetics, we can correct a variety of issues associated with the ear using plastic surgery, including:
- Torn earlobe
- Protruding ears
- Drooping ears
- Absence of middle ear opening
- Loss of ear
- Asymmetrical, too-large, or too-small ears
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
- Adjust the position of the ear
- Adjust the shape of the ear
- Can result in a more proportionate ear size to the face
- Improvement in hearing
- Enhance Self Confidence
Best Candidates For Ear Surgery
- Individuals who want to improve the shape, proportion, or position of the ear.
- Healthy individuals who do not have life-threatening medical conditions that could affect the healing process.
Get To Know Your Doctor
This is your time to get to know Dr. Stiller and the staff at Stiller. Be sure to convey your goals and expectations for the surgical procedure.
Dr. Stiller will evaluate your medical health and explain the surgical techniques available to you. All of your questions related to the procedure will be answered as thoroughly as possible. Dr. Stiller will perform an examination of your trouble area at the consultation.
Dr. Stiller will go over the risks and potential complications and he will explain the preoperative and post-operative process.
All procedures carry some uncertainty and risks.
As with any surgery, bleeding is a risk. This may form a blood collection called a hematoma and may require drainage. It is important to discuss any history of excessive bleeding or family history of bleeding.
Otoplasty is a surgical or non-surgical operation to restore or enhance the appearance of an ear or the ears. It is performed by correcting the deformities and defects of the pinna (external ear), and for reconstructing a defective, or deformed, or absent external ear, consequent to congenital conditions (e.g. microtia, anotia, etc.) and trauma (blunt, penetrating, or blast).
The surgeon corrects the defect or deformity by creating an external ear that is of natural proportions, contour, and appearance, usually achieved by the reshaping, the moving, and the augmenting of the cartilaginous support framework of the pinna.
2. Earlobe Repair
Earlobe repair can correct torn, ripped, drooping and stretched-out earlobes. This is not to be confused with ear surgery (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 on 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.
3. Earlobe Reduction
Earlobe reduction is surgery performed, either therapeutically or cosmetically, to reduce the size of the earlobe. Ear 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.
4. Earlobe Reconstruction
Earlobe reconstruction is surgery to repair deformed or damaged earlobes. Reversal begins by stopping 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.
How much residual problem 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.