Ear Shaping


Many people often feel self-conscious about the appearance of their ears. Some may be concerned with the way their ears protrude, while others may be frustrated by their ear shape or size. For those who are ready to adjust the look of their ears, we’re here to lend a hand. Ear shaping, or otoplasty surgery is an external procedure that can reduce the prominence, improve the shape, and realign the position of ears. At Illuminate Plastic Surgery, we perform this procedure with exceptional care to minimize downtime and deliver effective results to the wonderful people of Palo Alto.

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Unsatisfied With Your Ear Shape?

Ears are made up of special tissue called cartilage. This tissue doesn’t have blood vessels or nerves and doesn’t age or heal like other tissues. As cartilage gets older, it undergoes a scarring process that makes it thicker, heavier, and less elastic. That is why ears tend to grow in size as people age. For those already born with large or irregular ears, this means that the problem may get worse over time. If you are struggling with this issue, ear shaping surgery may be your best option.

The Otoplasty Procedure

Ear shaping through otoplasty surgery involves a simple procedure conducted under general anesthesia. Once the treatment site is sufficiently numb, Dr. Boudreault will begin by making a tiny incision behind the ear. The tiny scar that results is hidden and not visible. He will then sculpt the cartilage to the proper shape and secure the ear to your head. The entire procedure should take two hours or less and result in stunning results once the ears are sufficiently healed.

Ear Shaping Treatment Results

Following the procedure, it may take about three months for your scarring to fully heal. During this time, you may experience some aching and mild pain during the natural healing process. As with any surgical procedure, ear shaping surgery does carry some risks. These risks include bleeding, infection, and sensitivity among other issues. After your skin is healed, you can expect your earlobes to return to normal, though some mild scarring may still exist.

Ear Shaping in Palo Alto, California

At Illuminate Plastic Surgery, we’re dedicated to providing you with the best aesthetic and surgical services. If you’re unhappy with your ear size or shape, Dr. Boudreault can provide you with the surgical treatment you seek. Make an appointment today by calling 650.433.8621 or submitting your information via the form below.

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