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What You Need to Know about Ear Reshaping

Overview Ear reshaping reduces ear size and how far they protrude.
The Ideal Candidate Patients looking to improve the appearance of their ears and address issues such as lop ear, cupped ear, and shell ear.
Target Areas Ears
Average Cost $2,100-$5,200
Recovery
  • 1-2 weeks off work
  • 6-8 weeks without strenuous exercise
Overview
Ear reshaping reduces ear size and how far they protrude.
The Ideal Candidate
Patients looking to improve the appearance of their ears and address issues such as lop ear, cupped ear, and shell ear.
Target Areas
Ears
Average Cost
$2,100-$5,200
Recovery
  • 1-2 weeks off work
  • 6-8 weeks without strenuous exercise

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What is Ear Reshaping

Ear reshaping surgery is meant to reduce ear size and how far they protrude. If candidates feel as though their ears look undesirable, Dr. Sleightholm can reshape them.

Ear reshaping surgery addresses a variety of issues including:

  • “Lop Ear”, when the tip folds down and forward
  • “Cupped Ear”, which is a noticeably-small ear
  • “Shell Ear”, when the curve in the outer rim, as well as the natural folds and creases, are missing

The procedure can also improve stretched lobes, as well as ones with large creases and wrinkles.

What to Expect Before and After Ear Reshaping

Before the procedure, candidates typically experience personal issues due to the size and shape of their ears.

After the ear reshaping surgery, patients typically enjoy ears that protrude less and are therefore less prominent. Depending on the patient’s needs or desires, ears may be altered to have normal folds and a regular shape.

Overall, ear reshaping surgery has the potential to improve a patient’s self-confidence as well as physical appearance.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Ear Reshaping

How is ear reshaping done?

Patients meet Dr. Sleightholm and a qualified consultant for a consultation. Together, you will discuss your expectations and desired outcomes. This conversation helps determine the procedure’s potential results.

Dr. Sleightholm begins the ear reshaping procedure by making small incisions behind the ears to expose cartilage. He will then sculpt the cartilage and bend it toward the head. Occasionally, he will remove a large piece of cartilage to create a more natural-looking fold.

Non-removable stiches may be used to help maintain the new shape.

Will the procedure leave a scar?

Incisions are not visible to untrained eyes, as Dr. Sleightholm makes incisions behind the ears. The faint scar will gradually fade.

Will the procedure hurt?

Patients receive ear reshaping while under local or general anesthesia. After the procedure, you may feel moderate pain. However, it is easily controlled with medication.

Are there ear reshaping risks?

There are certain risks associated with cosmetic ear surgery. You can contact Dr. Sleightholm with any concerns.

Procedure-related risks may include:

  • Asymmetry: Though Dr. Sleightholm takes care to make ears as symmetrical as possible, this is not always possible. Even before the procedure, ears may not be symmetrical.
Will I have to take time off work or my daily routine?

For one week, ears are normally bandaged with a dressing that wraps around the head. Patients must then wear a headband as often as possible for three weeks.

The ears will take normal shape after six weeks.

Patients should avoid activities that may cause ear bending for about a month.

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