Ear surgery involves improving the size, shape and position of the ears. It's frequently done on children and teens to prevent bullying and low self-esteem.

When to consider ear surgery

  • Ears that are too large or too small
  • Ears that are malformed due to an injury or congenital factors
  • Protruding ears
  • You are self-conscious about your ears

Benefits of ear surgery

Children can avoid being bullied and teased

Boost your confidence and self-esteem

You decide what your ears look like

Natural-looking results

Create round and feminine cheeks

Fill in wrinkles, scars and lines

Contour the jaw and chin

The basics: What you need to know about this surgery

  • Safe procedure with very few risks
  • Minimal scarring
  • Local anesthesia for adults
  • One week of downtime
  • Most patients are between 4 and 14 years old
  • General anesthesia for children

Your surgical options

Ear pinning: A solution for protruding ears

To begin your ear pinning surgery, Dr. Reinblatt will create a small incision behind each ear to expose the underlying cartilage. Through that opening, she will reshape the cartilage and remove excess skin. She will then reposition the ear so it's closer to the head and appears less prominent.

Ear pinning: A solution for protruding ears

Ear reduction: Resizing overly large ears

Some patients have ears that are too large in comparison to the rest of their features. In these cases, Dr. Reinblatt will perform an ear reduction.

During this procedure, she will sculpt smaller ears and reduce the size of the earlobe by removing unwanted cartilage and skin. When done correctly, this surgery can improve balance and create more pleasing proportions. It is often performed alongside the ear pinning procedure.

Ear reduction: Resizing overly large ears

Ear reconstruction: Treating substantial defects

Ear reconstruction is for patients who have defects from birth or trauma. Some of the issues that can be addressed with this surgery include:

  • Cauliflower ear
  • Defects from skin cancer
  • A missing earlobe
  • Cleft earlobe
  • And More

Your recovery timeline

Day 1

Your ears will be swollen and sore, and your head will be wrapped with cotton bandages. You will need to get plenty of rest, stay hydrated and wear a special compression garment for several days.

Day 2 - 3

By the third day, your swelling should subside and you will feel like you're healing. You will still need to wear your compression garment

Day 4 - 7

About one week after surgery, you'll notice that you feel more comfortable. At this point, most children can return to school and adults can return to work. You will also remove all bandages this week and replace them with a soft headband to be worn only at night.

Tips for a smooth healing process:

Avoid rigorous activity until the healing process is complete

Keep your head cool and avoid extreme heat

Don't shampoo your hair for one week

Keep your head elevated at all times

Don't sleep on your side

Let's Get Together

You don't have to live with large, protruding or misshapen ears that make you feel self-conscious. Contact Dr. Reinblatt's office today to schedule a consultation and begin planning for your surgery.


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