Otoplasty/Ear Plastic Surgery Bellevue & Seattle

Lose the self-consciousness you have about your Ears. Otoplasty is the simple procedure that can be your answer.

Prominent protruding large ears can be stressful for many people. During the summer, people like to wear their hair up or cut their hair short. That’s when the prominent ears become more of an issue. You can have your ears pinned back and be done under very light sedation. You can avoid all the risks of traditional procedures in which you are completely asleep.

Otoplasty is any procedure involving the reshaping or reconstruction of the ear. It could be the total reconstruction of a child’s ear when no ear is present or a minor correction of a torn earlobe from an earring mishap.

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Types of Otoplasty

Microtia repair is a procedure for a congenital deformity where parts or the entire ear is missing. The two main approaches involve the use of one’s own cartilage or implants. Microtia is often employed at a very early age (as early as five when the ears reach near adult size and shape).

Rib cartilage is preferred over other cartilage sources for major microtia repair with medpor the favored implant for its ability to be incorporated into the patient’s tissues. Microtia is also employed for adults that were not able to fix their ears at an early age.

Torn earlobes are a common occurrence for earring injuries. The goal is to excise the hole and surgically close it. You can often re-pierce the ears in three to six months. There are more complicated ways to fix the earlobes but most of those options are less than optimal. This surgery is often done under local anesthesia.

"Hi Dr. Young, Just to let you know everything is fine, no problems. I am so happy with my ears!! Your skill is awesome!!! Thank you so much."— J.H. 50's caucasian female from Western Washington

Before Otoplasty Revision for Flat Ears and Ears that are too Pinned Back. Before and After Superficial Temporal Parietal Fascial Rotation Flap, Full Thickness Skin Graft from hip sides, Mastoid fascial graft, Medpor Graft, Ear Cartilage Grafts, Release of Scar Contracture, Reversal of Mustarde Sutures, Reversal of Conchal Setback

After Otoplasty Revision for Flat Ears and Ears that are too Pinned Back. Before and After Superficial Temporal Parietal Fascial Rotation Flap, Full Thickness Skin Graft from hip sides, Mastoid fascial graft, Medpor Graft, Ear Cartilage Grafts, Release of Scar Contracture, Reversal of Mustarde Sutures, Reversal of Conchal Setback

Note: Individual results will vary. Images do not constitute a promise or representation of any particular outcome or experience.

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The correction and reconstruction of gauged ear lobes often require flaps of earlobe tissue that are rearranged to reconstruct the earlobes. Re-piercing of the earlobes can occur three to six months depending on the healing.

Prominent ears require treatment of the base or concha of the ears and reshaping of the anti-helix of the superior part of the ear. Other techniques can be incorporated to bring the earlobes and superior base of the ear closer to the head. Most incisions are situated behind the ears. The earliest age considered for the procedure is age five.

Otoplasty revision and correction of previous otoplasties are more difficult and require the knowledge of all aspects of otoplasty so the surgeon can adjust varying presentations of less than perfect ears from previous surgeries.

You don’t want to over correct and get a flat appearance, a less than optimal outcome. The overcorrected ear can be very difficult to change and treat. That’s why doing it right the first time is really important.

The surgery is done through an incision in the back of the ear. Scarring is not a big issue. The ears are pinned back at the base of the ear to allow it to come closer to your head. A prominent ears or protruding ears can be because of a lack of bend of the antihelix. If this is the case, we bend the antihelix and cartilage using sutures for the right bend and medialization.

Ear Plastic Surgery using Concha Reduction and Mustarde Sutures Before

Ear Plastic Surgery using Concha Reduction and Mustarde Sutures After

Note: Individual results will vary. Images do not constitute a promise or representation of any particular outcome or experience.

Dr. Young Bio

Dr. Philip Young has published a chapter on revision otoplasty and developed a new theory on beauty. He knows just how powerful beauty can be. Studies show that beautiful people are perceived to be more competent, likable and trustworthy. Why is that? Researchers believe that people use beauty to help them make decisions.

Dr. Young won the Sir Harold Delf Gillies Award for his revolutionary theory on beauty. He is an experienced otoplasty/ear plastic surgeon, who has helped reshape large, deformed or protruding ears (sometimes referred to Dumbo Ears) and produced immediate and dramatic aesthetic results. Dr. Young has more than 12 years of experience as a surgeon and has been published in multiple peer reviewed articles and chapters in textbooks.

Note: Individual results will vary. Images do not constitute a promise or representation of any particular outcome or experience.

“I just wanted to leave a note and say that my procedure with Dr. Young approximately 6 years ago took years off my face. He did an excellent job and I am still enjoying the results. It was very much worth the downtime. I look exactly like myself, just younger. Thanks, again!”


— C.J., 40’s caucasian female from North Lynnwood, WA

“He gave me my confidence back that I thought I would never get back. I can now look in the mirror and actually love what I see and not have to deal with pitted scars in my face. If you or anyone you know who thinks they have to just live with these scars, don't!”


— Ator A., 20’s Eastern Indian from Ontario, Canada

“My procedure went great and I left the office with no concerns and all of my questions answered. I have never felt so good about myself and my appearance. I have you to thank for that Dr. Young. My new nose is perfect, I cannot thank you enough for this new look on life.”


— Nicole R., Fabulous Rhinoplasty

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