Otoplasty

Now seeing patients in Wayne and the surrounding Main Line area and Center City Philadelphia

 

Birth defects, accidents, or trauma can lend to a misshapen, protruding, or deformed ear. Dr. Ho will help reshape and refine ears with hidden scars and beautiful results.

 

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  • As a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon, I utilize specialized suturing techniques including the Mustarde technique to pin back the ears for ideal cosmetic results. – Dr. Tina Ho
“My surgical technique focuses on creating more aesthetically favorable ears that are in proportion with the other components of the face and do not distract from the face.” ​- Dr. Tina Ho

What is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty-Ear-Reshaping-SurgeryOtoplasty is a type of ear surgery that cosmetically alters the shape, position, or size of the ears. One of the most common conditions that motivate patients to seek otoplasty is prominent ears, or the abnormal protrusion of ears from the head.​ Otoplasty requires the expertise of a surgeon who specializes in plastic surgery of the face and understands ear anatomy well. Dr. Ho specializes in otoplasty and performs each procedure according to the anatomic features and surgical goals of the individual patient.

What is Dr. Ho’s approach to Otoplasty?

As a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Ho distinguishes herself as an expert of the face. She possesses dedicated training in otoplasty from one of the top facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship programs in the country. Dr. Ho cares for otoplasty patients seeking her expertise from Philadelphia and Newtown extending to greater Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Dr. Ho pursues a conservative approach to otoplasty and avoids aggressive maneuvers that may put a patient at risk of overcorrection with an unnatural result. Her surgical technique focuses on improving the appearance and position of the ears so that they in harmony with the rest of the face. Dr. Ho performs otoplasty through well-hidden incisions behind the ears. She utilizes specialized suturing and cartilage trimming techniques to re-establish important natural contours as well as appropriate positioning for each ear. Her goal is to restore facial balance and confidence in every otoplasty patient.

What should patients expect after Otoplasty?

Each otoplasty procedure is different and catered to the individual patient. Therefore, the extent of swelling, bruising, and tenderness that occur after surgery will vary by patient. A compression dressing is placed around the ears and head at the conclusion of the surgery to prevent hematoma (blood fluid collection) or seroma (serous fluid collection) formation and to prevent the ears from reverting back to their original positions. Every otoplasty patient will follow-up with Dr. Ho the day after surgery for a dressing change and then one week after surgery for suture removal. Each patient will then follow-up again at weeks to months out at regular intervals for re-evaluation. The down time for otoplasty alone is usually minimal; most patients can return to normal daily activities apart from heavy lifting, straining, and strenuous activity the day after surgery. Patients should expect immediate bruising and swelling in the ears after surgery that can be managed well with adherence to the compression dressing and head elevation and typically resolve within a few weeks after surgery. Post-operative pain is usually managed well with prescribed pain medication. Improvement in the appearance of the ears is usually noted after most of the bruising and swelling has subsided. Dr. Ho seeks regular follow-up with her patients to ensure that every patient heals well and is satisfied with their surgical outcome.

“She is knowledgeable and truly loves what she does”

Dr. Ho is a phenomenal physician who genuinely cares about her patients. She is very thorough and provides education to ensure her patient’s feel comfortable and safe. She is knowledgeable and truly loves what she does. I would recommend her to any and everyone! Lianna Artessa
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What are the Ideal Ears?

Dr. Ho believes that while every face is unique, the ideal ears are in proportion with the other components of the face and do not distract from the face. The length of the adult ear is commonly 5.5 to 6.5 cm in length with the width 50 to 60% of the length. The ideal projection of the ear from the head as accounted for by the conchomastoid angle is 25 degrees in males and 20 degrees in females. The ideal conchoscaphal angle is 90 degrees. Ideal distances of the superior portion, mid portion, and inferior portion of the ear to the head are 10 to 12 mm, 16 to 18 mm, and 20 to 22 mm, respectively. Dr. Ho utilizes these anatomic principles as a foundation for her surgical technique as well as her aesthetic intuition in otoplasty.

What is Telephone Deformity? What is Reverse Telephone Deformity?

Telephone deformity is one complication from otoplasty that occurs as a result of overcorrection of the middle third of the ear. Reverse telephone deformity arises due to overcorrection of the superior and inferior thirds of the ear. Dr. Ho avoids these potential complications with a natural, conservative approach to otoplasty that follows closely the mathematical principles behind ideal ear anatomy.

Earlobe Repair Cost

  • Simple earlobe repair $500
  • Complex earlobe repair or earlobe reduction $800

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