A man in his mid 20’s who is bothered by prominence of his ears who would like to feel more comfortable wearing his hair short. His preoperative measurements are shown and compared to the normal. He is shown before and again, 5 months after bilateral otoplasty
A woman in her later 40’s who has been bothered by prominent ears since she was younger. She is shown before and again, 7 weeks after bilateral otoplasty. She is thrilled to have a normal contour of her ears and now feels comfortable wearing her hair up.
Update: Our patient is now seen at 5 months. The redness from healing has continued to fade. The ears have maintained an excellent contour.
A woman in her later 30’s who is bothered by prominence of her ears, especially the right ear. This has been bothering her for many years. On exam, her right ear projects 20 mm at the top of the ear and the left ear 16 mm vs a normal of 10-12 mm. Her antihelical fold is diminiehsed. She is shown before and again, 6 weeks after bilateral otoplasty, with a reshaping of her antihelical fold using the Dingman otoabrader to weaken the cartilage and Mustarde sutures.
A man in his early 40’s who is bothered by prominence of his ears. He has recently changed his hairstyle to shave his head now that his hear is thinning and feels that his ears are even more noticeable. He is shown before and 6 weeks after bilateral otoplasty at the hospital. His antihelical folds were created using the Dingman otoabrader to rasp the anterior perichondrium under the skin and weaken the cartilage to allow it to bend ( as I was taught by Dr. Reed Dingman during my plastic surgery residency at University of Michigan) , along with excision of a crescent of cartilage from the conchal bowl and suturing to bring the ears back. He is thrilled with the improvement and happy to have a normal appearance to his ears.
Update: Our patient is now seen nearly 5 months after surgery. The redness has faded. His ears have a natural contour and are not longer prominent.
A man in his mid 30’s who is bothered by bilateral prominence of his ears. He has been bothred since he was younger and has been teased on occasion, especially when his hair is shorter
On examination his right ear protrudes 2.8 cm at the midportion ( normal is 1.6-1.8 cm) and his left ear protrudes 2.6 cm. He has prominence of the conchal bowl and a diminished antehelical fold. He is shown just 6 weeks after bilateral otoplasty. Although the incisions are behind the ear, the cartilage is rasped under the skin to reshape it along the new fold and He has some mild discoloration of the skin on each ear which should continue to improve over the next few months as the healing progresses. He is already thrilled to have a normal appearance to his ears.
A man in his late 20’s who is bothered by a congenital deformity of his right ear. This does not fit completely into the category of Stahl’s ear because he does not have a third crus but has a similar overall outline and is most likely also a developmental deformity of hillock 4. He is shown before and again, 7 weeks after surgical correction in the office under local anesthesia. He is thrilled with the normal contour of his ear after surgery. The scar is placed just inside the helical rim and should continue to fade and improve over the next year or longer.
A man in his early 40’s who is bothered by prominent ears. He reports being teased when he was younger and being called “Elephant” and other names. He is finally at a point where he can take care of his ears. He is shown before and again, just 6 weeks after bilateral otoplasty. The cartilage was reshaped by a combination of rasping with a Dingman otoabrader ( designed by one of my professors at the University of Michigan, Dr. Reed DIngman) along with excision of excess conchal cartilage and sutures to reshape the ear. He is thrilled to have a normal appearance to his ears. There is still some mild redness from the healing process which should continue to fade with time.