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Like our noses, our external ear traits are inherited and help to convey our unique outward appearance, making otoplasty a very popular plastic surgery procedure.


The external ear, or pinna, is comprised of cartilage and overlying skin. It can be subdivided into specific anatomic parts including the helix, antihelix, tragus, antitragus, and lobule. These structures are separated from one another by hollow recesses, the largest of which, the concha cavum, is formed by the conchal cartilage.

Based on our genes or factors that impact our development, the external ear may be misshapen at birth.  This can arise from weaknesses or excesses in cartilage development.  The result can be a more prominent ear, an ear that protrudes too far from the head, or one that has ill-defined contours.  This altered appearance may cause a person to not look like their family members and even lead to an inability to wear external devices like eyeglasses or hearing aids.  Ear size and shape is an unfortunate source of ridicule, particularly in school age children.  Often times, this can all lead to diminished self-esteem.  External ear “pinning” surgery, or otoplasty, is performed to reshape the external ear and decrease the projection of the ear away from the head.


Dr. Stallworth primarily performs otoplasty procedures in the operating room.  This is done through and inconspicuous incision on the back of the ear.  Once accessed, the ear cartilage can be shaved, reshaped, sutured, or repositioned to help restore symmetry, contour and proportion of the ears.  Schedule a consultation to determine if otoplasty is right for you or your child.

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