Ear Correction – Otoplasty
The shape, size, and symmetry of ear placement are just as important to facial attractiveness as are the eyes, nose, or mouth. Smaller and more head-fixed ears are consistent with a feminine appearance, adding softness to the face and subtle features. At Timeless Clinic, we perform ear correction procedures as part of the MtF gender correction process.
In the process of facial feminization, ear correction most often involves reducing the size of the ears and the angle of their deviation from the head. Visually protruding or overly massive auricle tissues are clearly associated with the appearance of a genetic male. Sublimating the contour of the ears and reducing the angle of deviation from the head makes them more consistent with a gentle female profile. Their size and shape uniquely identify the gender of the face, significantly influencing the perception of a woman’s appearance as attractive and more feminine.
Otoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct protruding ears, changing their shape and size. The surgeon makes a small incision behind the ear through which he is able to remove excess cartilage and change its shape if necessary. Using special sutures he modifies the arrangement of tissues.
While seemingly a simple procedure, we know that it requires a great deal of anatomical knowledge and surgical experience. This is because it is crucial to precisely make the earlobes look natural by creating the proper contour and proportion.
In situations where the earlobe is too large and drooping, the solution is to make an incision in its lower edge and remove the excess tissue. The key is precise suturing in such a way that the entire auricle has a natural shape after healing. This procedure can be performed during other facial feminization procedures.
Ear correction as a stand-alone surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia. If we and the patient decide to include it with other facial feminization procedures, then general anesthesia is usually required. Immediately after the procedure, a difference in the structure of the auricle can be seen. Complete healing and natural tissue alignment is achieved approximately one year after surgery. After the surgery, only a small invisible scar remains.