Category: Ear Shaping (Otoplasty)

Cauliflower Ear Correction

March 25, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Delayed treatment for Cauliflower Ears is difficult and frustrating. Often the skin is supper-glued down to the old hematoma, which has the consistency of cement. The normal supporting architecture of the ear, the cartilage, often disintegrates from the pressure, and parts of it may not be available to support the reconstruction..

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Otoplasty (Ear Pinning) for Prominent Ears

March 18, 2019 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Prominent Ears can be a source of embarrassment for many patients; however, we are happy to offer a solution. Otoplasty, literally means ear changing, and it is a common cosmetic plastic surgery procedure which “pins” the ears back. By bringing the ears closer to the head, Ear Pinning allows for the enjoyment of shorter hair cuts and ponytails, and can be a huge confidence builder for those that worry about sticky-out ears.

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Otoplasty SF Bay Area (Ear Pinning)

October 09, 2017 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Prominent ears can be a source of embarrassment and teasing. Cosmetic Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) includes Ear Pinning to reduce the appearance of prominent ears. This video segment is from the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4’s, Body Beautiful with Dr. Joseph Mele. On it, Dr. Mele reviews the techniques, recovery and procedure of Otoplasty, and illustrates the results with Otoplasty Before and After Pictures.

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New Body Beautiful From Head to Tummy

September 09, 2017 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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The next Body Beautiful will be broadcast this Tuesday, September 12, at noon. This week’s show is dedicated to four Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures: Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), Breast Augmentation Revision, Gynecomastia Reduction (Male Breast Reduction) and Otoplasty (Ear Pinning).

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Body Beautiful On KRON4 Wednesday At Noon – Live

September 04, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Attention Plastic Surgery Television viewers. Body Beautiful will be broadcast live on KRON4 this Wednesday, September 7, 2016, At Noon – Live. So tune-in to get the latest Plastic Surgery News, and see if I get it right on the first take. Plastic Surgery Topics Will Include… This week’s show will be thirty minutes packed […]

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Prominent Ears – There’s An Otoplasty For That SF Bay Area

August 07, 2016 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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Ear Pinning is an outpatient procedure. The majority of the work is accomplished through an incision placed in the crease behind the ear. Thin, strong sutures are used to bend and hold the ear cartilage in it’s new, folded back position. As with most of plastic surgery, the goal just enough reduction, but not too much. The amount of Ear Pinning can be modified by adjusting the placement of the sutures and by scoring the cartilage along the desired path of bending.

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Ear Pinning (Otoplasty) for Prominent Ears | SF Bay Area

April 11, 2015 Joseph A. Mele, MD

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The most common reasons for a prominant ear are: Incomplete folding – leaving the rim sticking out; a large central bell of the ear (the concha); and anterior rotation of the ear. Each of these deformities can be addressed with Otoplasty. Incomplete folding is corrected with sutures, or by scoring the ear cartilage. A large concha can be surgically reduced, and an anteriorly rotated ear can be set back. Most these corrections are done through an incision hidden in the fold behind the ears, so that it remains hidden, even with short hair-cuts.

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