A Balanced and Refined Aesthetic

Ears can come in a range of beautiful shapes and sizes, but they might not always be in balance with the rest of an individual’s features. With otoplasty in Beverly Hills, Dr. Min provides a cosmetic procedure that allows patients to reshape or remold their ears into a more balanced aesthetic that brings out the best of their natural appearance.

What Is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty, also known as ear reshaping or pinning, is a type of cosmetic surgery that alters the shape and size of the ears for an aesthetic result. The procedure is typically performed on children with prominent ears but can also be done on adults who want to bring their features into balance. It can involve rearranging cartilage within the ear to create a more balanced and refined aesthetic in line with the patient’s other facial features. During Ear Surgery, the surgeon may also reduce the size of larger ears or set prominent ears back closer to the head.

Types of Otoplasty

There are several types of otoplasty that is performed to reshape and reposition the ears. Each type of Ear Surgery addresses specific concerns related to the size, shape, or positioning of the ears.

Ear pinning is the most common type of ear surgery that addresses ears that protrude significantly from the head. An inner ridge is enhanced to bring the ears closer to the head, and to do so, cartilage work and sutures are used to help improve the aesthetic contour of the ear.

Earlobe repair or reduction is a procedure addressing elongated or damaged earlobes from aging, trauma or stretched piercings. Based on individual’s earlobe shape and size, different rearrangement of the earlobe tissue can address the issue at hand.

Other variations of otoplasty include ear reduction surgery and combination. Ear reduction surgery is done when a patient has ears that are too large for their face. This type of procedure typically involves removing or rearranging excess cartilage from the ears with a focus on bringing them into balance with the rest of the face. A combination of techniques to address multiple concerns, such as protrusion and asymmetry.

It is important to note that the specific technique chosen for otoplasty depends on the individual’s unique ear anatomy, aesthetic goals, and any underlying conditions.


The benefits of otoplasty can be numerous, and these include:
  • Improved confidence by helping to reduce the appearance of protruding or overly large ears.
  • Improved symmetry and balance between facial features. 
  • Quick recovery times, with most patients returning to their normal activities within just a few days after surgery.
  • Lasting results, with the effects of ear surgery typically lasting for years to a lifetime.

Who Is a Candidate?

Most healthy adults and children can be considered candidates for otoplasty. However, the best results are typically seen in younger patients because their ears are more pliable, easier to reshape, and can heal more quickly than adults. The ideal candidate should also have realistic expectations about the procedure and understand that even though ear surgery can improve the appearance of the ears, it cannot guarantee perfect symmetry. We work with patients through a thorough consultation process to ensure they are a great fit for the procedure.

An Overview of the Ear Reshaping Surgery Experience

The Ear reshaping procedure typically takes one to two hours, depending on the type of procedure being performed and the individual patient’s surgical plan. The procedure can be performed under general or local anesthesia with sedation to ensure the patient is comfortable throughout the process. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, the reshaping or reconstructing of the ear cartilage will take place using sutures and other techniques according to the agreed upon plan.

After the procedure is complete, the patient can return home the same day and will be asked to wear a splint or headband to keep their ears in position while they heal. Most people can return to their normal activities within just a few days after surgery, although it is important to follow all of your surgeon’s post-procedure care instructions.

After the Surgery: Recovery and Maintenance

Once the procedure is complete, patients will need to follow all of their surgeon’s instructions during the healing process to promote recovery and prevent complications. This includes avoiding strenuous activities and protecting the ears from direct sunlight or other environmental factors. The patient may be instructed to wear a headband or splint at night to keep the ears in their new position while sleeping.
Most people are able to return to their normal activities within just a few days after surgery, but this varies and depends on the techniques used and the extent of work done. Regardless, it is essential to follow all of your surgeon’s instructions carefully. Also, patients should expect some swelling and bruising in the ear area for up to two weeks following the procedure.

Seeing Your Results

Although the results of an otoplasty procedure can be seen immediately, it will take several weeks for the ears to fully settle. During this time, swelling and bruising may occur around the ears, but these should resolve as the healing progresses over time. After a few months, most patients can enjoy their improved appearance with no residual side effects, with results that should be permanent.

Combining Otoplasty With Other Procedures

Otoplasty can be an excellent complement to many other cosmetic procedures when performed for adults, such as facelifts. Combining these procedures can help create a more balanced and harmonious overall aesthetic for the face while also targeting cosmetic signs of aging. It is essential to discuss all of your goals with your surgeon before undergoing any type of procedure to ensure that you are getting the best treatment plan for your goals.

Dr. Min
Dr. Min

Meet Dr. Elise Min

Board-Certified Female Plastic Surgeon Specializing In Breast And Body Procedures In Los Angeles
Board-Certified Female Plastic Surgeon Specializing In Breast And Body Procedures In Los Angeles

Dr. Elise Min, a distinguished female plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, is renowned for her unique expertise in breast and body surgery. Board-certified and fellowship-trained, Dr. Min is celebrated for her personal approach to aesthetic surgery and her exceptional patient care. She places great emphasis on educating her patients, allowing them to make informed decisions about their treatment.

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