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Pinning Effect of Ear Reduction

One question we often times get from patients with larger, more prominent ears is whether or not ear reduction surgery will help to pin the ear closer to the side of the head. Traditionally, the first thought for most plastic surgeons when they see a large, prominent ear is to consider pinning it back using classic otoplasty technique. If the only goal was to bring the ear in closer, then ear pinning would be a... Continue Reading
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Ears Made Smaller After Otoplasty

About 25% of the patients who seek out macrotia ear reduction surgery with Dr. Hilinski have a prior history of otoplasty, or ear pinning. Here is an illustrative case example of this. This very pleasant young lady underwent otoplasty surgery in Mexico several years ago. Unfortunately, despite the ear pinning procedure, she was still unhappy with the fact that her ears were too prominent for her tastes. That is because otoplasty certainly helps in pinning... Continue Reading
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Surgery to Reduce Ear Size?

Is there really a surgery out there to reduce the size of the ear? Yes, there is! Here is yet another great case example that visually demonstrates this type of surgery. This particular patient came to San Diego specifically to have Dr. Hilinski perform his famed macrotia ear reduction surgery on him. Ever since he was in his teens, he was bothered - like so many patients - by the fact that his ears were... Continue Reading
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Darwin’s Tubercle

Darwin's tubercle is a congenital ear deformity that results in an abnormal prominence, or thickening, along the helical rim. This is typically located at the junction of the middle and upper one-third of helical rim. The abnormality got its name from Charles Darwin who described this finding in his writings as evidence of evolutionary similarities among primates. The abnormal thickening along the helical rim then became more popularly known as Darwin's tubercle. In actuallity, there... Continue Reading
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48 Hours After Ear Reduction

Here is another fantastic case example of ear reduction surgery for a large, macrotic ear. This young lady flew to California from Illinois to have Dr. Hilinski reduce the size of her ears. As you can see in this photo taken prior to macrotia surgery, she has a taller, larger ear than desired. Part of this was an overly developed scapha region near the top of the ear. But she also had an enlarged earlobe... Continue Reading
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Stahl’s Ear Deformity

The Stahl's ear deformity is an abnormal congenital problem that results in the top of the ear looking excessively pointy. Some people refer to the Stahl's ear as a vulcan ear deformity because these characters in the Star Trek series had pointy ears. Because of the pointed shape of the ear, many will also refer to the ear as looking elfish. The Stahl's ear occurs when the ear has an unwanted, extra fold or ridge... Continue Reading
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Elf Ear Correction

Here is another case of elf-like ears in a patient who came to Dr. Hilinski following prior otoplasty surgery performed by a different plastic surgeon. As you can see from his preoperative photo, the ears have an unusual peak at the top, mimicking an elf ear that looks too pointed. This was a result of an otoplasty surgeon creating such an abnormal contour. The patient simply wanted to have an ear that looked more natural... Continue Reading
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Ear Reduction Expert Testimonial

These type of amazing testimonials never get old for Dr. Hilinski! Below is feedback we just received from a recent patient who came to San Diego just to have ear reduction surgery with one of America's only plastic surgeons who has true experience in making someone's ears smaller in size. As a true expert in ear reduction surgery, Dr. Hilinski has people fly to California from all over the world to get their new, smaller,... Continue Reading
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Amazing Experience Having Ear Size Reduced

Just another fantastic patient review on RealSelf for Dr. John Hilinski - one of the world's leading cosmetic ear specialists. Most patients looking to have their ears made smaller are challenged by the fact that so few plastic surgeons have experience with this niche procedure. Dr. Hilinski, in stark contrast, likely has more experience performing this surgery than any other plastic surgeon practicing in the United States. A testimony to this is the fact that... Continue Reading
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Ear Reduction Changed My Life

These patient testimonials never get old! Here is another one from a patient who flew to San Diego to have her ears made smaller in size by world-renowned designer ear expert, Dr. John Hilinski. It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since you performed my ear reduction surgery. I wanted to share with you how happy and thankful I am. This procedure changed my life! You’re not only a doctor, but also an artist.... Continue Reading

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