Ear Shaping

Ear shaping is a cosmetic surgical procedure for the ears, also known as otoplasty. It addresses prominent, protruding, or asymmetrical ears or corrects any ear deformities caused by congenital disabilities or injury.

Several techniques are available for ear shaping, and the most appropriate method depends on the patient’s concerns. Here are the common types of ear shaping procedures:

  • Ear pinning. This procedure, also known as setback otoplasty, involves repositioning the ears closer to the head. The cosmetic surgeon makes an incision behind the ear and removes excess cartilage or tissue to reshape the ear. The ear is then pinned back using sutures or clips to hold it in place while it heals.
  • Ear reduction. If you have large or prominent ears, this is the technique used. The surgeon removes excess cartilage or tissue from the ear and reshapes it to have a more proportionate appearance.
  • Ear augmentation. This procedure is used to enhance the shape and size of the ears, usually by adding volume to the earlobes or other areas of the ear. It is typically done using dermal fillers, fat transfer, or implants.
  • Ear lobe repair. Stretched or torn earlobes caused by heavy earrings or trauma are sutured together. Surgeons remove the damaged tissue before suturing the earlobe.
  • Reconstruction. This technique is used to repair deformities or damage caused by injury, disease, or birth defects. The surgeon may use various techniques to reconstruct the ear, including cartilage grafting, skin grafting, and tissue expansion.

It is essential to note that the ear shaping procedure is highly individualized. One’s solution is not for all, as each patient has unique anatomy and different concerns.

Why do People Choose to have Ear Shaping?

The decision for people to have ear shaping surgery is more of a personal one. Many are self-conscious about their ears, affecting their self-esteem and confidence. This may be due to having prominent ears, congenital ear deformities, traumatic injuries, aging, or gender transition.

As we age, our ears become droopy or elongated, which can affect the overall appearance of our face. People who like a more youthful appearance reshape their ears and reduce sagging.

Ear shaping is also essential for some transgender individuals to achieve a more gender-appropriate look. The procedure helps them achieve a more masculine or feminine appearance.

Who is a Good Candidate for Ear Shaping?

As ear shaping improves the size or position of the ears, it is recommended for people who are unhappy with the appearance of their ears or have functional issues with their ears. Patients who are good candidates for ear shaping are those who have the following:

  • Overdevelopment of the cartilage or individuals with prominent ears. These individuals have their ears stuck out too far from the head. It makes some people feel self-conscious.
  • Underdevelopment of the cartilage or individuals with asymmetrical ears. Some may have one ear that is noticeably different in size or shape than the other ear. Ear reshaping treatment can help create a more balanced and symmetrical appearance.
  • Congenital ear deformities. Some people are born with ear deformities; as early as childhood, they correct their deformities with ear shaping surgery. It is better to have the ear shaping treatment as soon as possible to prevent children with congenital ear deformities from being teased or bullied.
  • Ear injuries. Trauma to the ears may result in asymmetry or deformities, and ear shaping can correct it.

Besides these ear conditions, having realistic expectations and understanding ear shaping are essential to be a good candidate. Consult a qualified cosmetic surgeon to determine if ear shaping is the best option.

What to Expect in Ear Shaping?

You must schedule a consultation with a qualified surgeon to determine if the treatment is proper. If you plan to have ear shaping in South Korea, it is best to have an online appointment, so the surgeon can examine your ears and discuss your goals for the procedure. At this time, the surgeon will also review your medical history to ensure you are fit to undergo the procedure.

Moreover, the surgeon will leave preoperative instructions that you have to do to prepare for the surgery. This may include certain medications or supplements, quitting smoking, and adjusting your diet or exercise routine.

Ear shaping is performed under local anesthesia with sedation to keep you calm during the procedure. Small incisions are done behind your ear to let the surgeon access the cartilage and reshape your ears. Cosmetic surgeons use sutures or other techniques to create the desired shape and size of the ear. Once the reshaping is finished, the surgeon will close the incision and place a bandage over your ear to protect it.

Ear Shaping Recovery and Aftercare

Healing time may vary depending on the procedure’s extent, but generally, it may take a week or two after the procedure. You may be advised to wear a headband to protect your ears and help them maintain their new shape. Moreover, do not have your ears wet or expose them to excessive heat or cold for several weeks after the surgery.

Cosmetic surgeons may instruct you to change the dressing regularly to keep the treated area clean and dry. Always attend follow-up appointments to monitor your healing process.

Why Choose Mina Plastic Surgery for Ear Shaping?

Mina Plastic Surgery has a team of experienced plastic surgeons specializing in ear shaping procedures. We have the latest technology to achieve natural-looking results. Our cosmetic surgeon also provides customized treatment for each patient to achieve their needs and goals.

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