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Patient Info

24 years old
Dr. Inessa Fishman


This 24-year-old woman was bothered by the prominent or “stuck out” appearance of her ears, and wanted to improve them. She reported similar anatomy in her father, and had been thinking about surgical correction or otoplasty for several years. Our Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Inessa Fishman treated this young woman with otoplasty, or surgical ear-shaping, to contour the ears and bring them closer to her head.  This patent’s otoplasty surgery involved trimming a small piece of cartilage at the concha (or seashell-shaped bowl of cartilage just behind the ear canal) to decrease the concha’s height and bring the ear closer to the head; and reshaping the upper part of the ear to deepen a fold of cartilage called the antihelical fold.  Our patient is shown 5 months  after her surgery, and has a beautiful treatment outcome, with which she is very happy.  At 5 months, her ears are almost entirely healed with a permanent reshaping result.  She is also shown here, at just 1 week after surgery.

While children treated with otoplasty do best with general anesthesia (or being asleep in the operating room), most adults can have otoplasty surgery with the help of relaxing by-mouth medications, laughing gas, and injected numbing medications.  This patient had her otoplasty surgery while awake and relaxed with by-mouth relaxing medications and laughing gas in the comfort of our luxurious clinic, and had a great and comfortable experience.

About Otoplasty Procedure

Prominent or “stuck-out” ears can be a source of peer ridicule and teasing both for adults and children.  While protruding or misshapen ears may be corrected with non-surgical newborn correction, surgical correction is required for older children and adults.  Our facial plastic surgeon Dr. Inessa Fishman performs otoplasty surgery to correct abnormally protruding or misshapen ears, treating both children and adults. Otoplasty commonly involves the shaping of the ear cartilage and tucking the ear closer to a more aesthetically pleasing position with the head and facial outline.  Dr. Fishman does otoplasty surgery as a standalone procedure, or commonly combines it with rhinoplasty or blepharoplasty.Learn More About Otoplasty