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Ear Plasty

Professionalism that finds the perfect shape and angle for your face

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The ears balance the facial structure and give character

A common conception is that the ears are not that important in creating a personal image. However, our ears have their own unique characteristics—passport photos require us to expose our ears, after all—and they may even determine a person’s image.

The impressions we give change based on not only the ears’ shape but also on their size, area, or angles. In addition, the ears’ placement immediately under the hairline creates intimate connections with hairstyling and accessorizing (e.g., optical glasses, sunglasses, earrings, etc.).

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Ear affect facial impressions
  • Reveals individual character
    Reveals individual character
  • Determines personal image based on size and shape
    Determines personal image based on size and shape
  • Affects hairstyling
    Affects hairstyling
  • Determines neckline and facial structure
    Determines neckline and facial structure
  • Affects accessorizing
    Affects accessorizing

There are various concerns about ear shape

Dissatisfaction associated with the shape of the ears can be roughly categorized into two groups: caused by congenital defects and caused by acquired issues. Congenital defects include protruded ears, folded ears from insufficient cartilage development, and “knife ears,” in which the earlobes are attached to the cheeks: other than these, most cases of ear defects are caused after birth, either by accident or intense stimulus. These types of ear shape dissatisfaction may not seem important to other people but may affect the person greatly. Stress from them can lower one’s confidence.

If you have concerns about your ear shape, improve it through plastic surgery.

Ear Plasaty: Candidates
Various dissatisfactions about the ears - Protruded ear, Pixie ear, Folded ear, Buried ear, Stahl’s ear, Keloid, Small ear, Earlobe deformation, Tragus deformation

Various dissatisfactions about the ears


and stress

BANOBAGI can improve almost all ear shapes

An ideal ear shape is roughly 4:7 in width–length ratio and positioned in between two lines extended from the nose tip and the eyelids; ears that are tilted 8°–10° backward are considered the most natural. In ear plasty, it is important to keep this ideal ear shape in mind while precisely categorizing each case and reshape the ears through an appropriate surgical means.

BANOBAGI offers improvement upon almost all possible ear shape: a more satisfying ear plasty.

The Ideal Ear Shape
  • Ear symmetry and placement, seen from the front
    Ear symmetry and placement,
    seen from the front
    • Symmetry in the ears are less than 3 mm askew
    • Entire length falls between nose tip / eyelid lines
    • Ear exposure that fits facial structure and neckline
  • Ear proportions and angles, seen from the sides
    Ear proportions and angles,
    seen from the sides
    • Tilted 8°–10° backward
    • Visible antihelix and earflaps
    • 4:7 width–length ratio

BANOBAGI’s Ear Plasty Methods:
Case by Case

※ Click on each case for detailed explanations.
  • Protruded ears
    Protruded ears

    The ear cartilage has no or little ridges: the ears appear protruded and widely spread out when seen from the front. There is no functional deficiency, but the ears draw attention and are aesthetically unpleasing. These are colloquially known as “donkey ears,” “half-gourd ears,” or “Mickey Mouse ears.”


    Incision is made in the rear, and the cartilage is manipulated to create ridges and force the ears to rest backward. If the degree of protrusion is not very severe, it can be treated fairly simply by stitching up the cartilage. As the incision is made in the rear of the ears, scarring is almost invisible.

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  • Buried ears
    Buried ears

    The upper ears are buried into the scalp. In addition, the ears lack distinct shape from the front and appear to have no upper area even from the sides. This causes great discomfort by preventing the patient from wearing eyeglasses or masks.


    The tissues that hold the ear cartilage are released so that the upper ear becomes naturally loose. Then, some skin is grafted onto the ears, depending on how deeply the ear has been buried. If accompanied by severe curvature in the ears, from being buried for a long time, it is corrected as well.

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  • Small ears
    Small ears

    This refers to cases in which the ears have not fully developed or suffered deformation, leaving the ear shape incomplete. If congenital, this happens to one in every 7,000 people, and the more the ears are deformed, the greater the chance of getting hearing impairment: correction should be made as early as possible.


    A complete ear shape must be created from one of two possible surgical options: autologous chest cartilage transplant or artificial ear reconstruction. Autologous tissues or implants are inserted in appropriate places to create the ear structure, and skin is grafted, creating a natural shape.

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  • Folded ears
    Folded ears

    The upper ears are contracted, as if the ears are folded in. This is due to insufficient cartilage development and can come in a variety of degrees—from a slight fold to a halfway fold.


    The surgical approach changes based on the ear shape and the degree of folding. In general, the cartilage is stretched to de-fold the ear and creates a regular shape, but in severe cases, more complex methods are needed.

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  • Pixie ears
    Pixie ears

    The ears are attached to the cheeks in a straight line: this makes the ears appear longer or pulled down. It is mostly congenital, but there have been recent cases in which facial lifting treatments cause it.


    If the earlobes are too small, an autologous fat transplant can create sufficiently sized earlobes. If the earlobe size is sufficient, incisions are made where the earlobes and the face meet, creating a proper ear shape and stitched back up.

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  • Stahl’s Ears
    Stahl’s Ears

    “Stahl’s ears” refers to the ear shape where there is an additional cartilage ridge in the upper ear. Professionally referred to as “third helix malformation,” Stahl’s ears make the upper ear sharply protrude outward by the additional cartilage ridge.


    The third helix is removed by tying down or excising the troublesome cartilage, creating naturally soft curves in the upper ears. As the incision is made in the rear of the ear, scars are almost invisible.

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  • Earlobe deformation
    Earlobe deformation

    Currently, wearing earrings is a common practice, and earlobe deformation from earring weight pulling the ear down or accidental injuries—like an earlobe being torn from the earring getting caught somewhere—are fairly common. Earlobes, once split like this, either from a congenital defect or an accident, cannot be readily hidden behind hair, so returning them to their original shape is important.


    In most cases, the earlobes are split in a fairly simple way, and a natural shape can be created with the earlobes themselves or tissues surrounding them. If there is a size difference between earlobes, autologous fat or autologous dermis from the buttocks can be transplanted to create symmetry.

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  • Keloid

    Because of the patient’s bodily constitution, scarring after injury can excessively develop beyond the injured area and into healthy skin, creating a bulge. This is most common after earlobe damage caused by earrings, and patients experience itchiness or tenderness in the area, in addition to aesthetic displeasure.


    The keloid generates after an injury, so a nonsurgical drug treatment is first attempted to not further create injuries. In severe cases, the keloid is removed via surgery, and drug therapy prevents recurrence.

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  • Tragus deformation
    Tragus deformation

    The protruded area in front of the ear is called “tragus,” which can be excessively deformed. Soft fibroma, also known as polyps, are one of the abnormal developments around the ears and are something that can be removed.


    Simple polyps can be excised in a relatively simple manner. However, if tragus deformation complexly occurs, along with polyps, a more precise surgery is required to create a natural ear shape and hide the scarring as much as possible.

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Skills and experience that address even the smallest matters

Most of the ear is made up of fibrous fat tissues and cartilage, and both are distributed thinly in smaller formations. This is why a delicate peeling and scarring care is necessary in ear reshaping, and the results must be in harmony with the facial impressions and characters.

Since 2000, BANOBAGI has been accumulating extensive clinical experience and anatomical knowledge, even in ear reshaping. This is a result of continuous research, knowing that someone may need it someday.

Therefore, we can provide a detailed improvement that fits your individual facial structure and characters; with our professional skills and knowledge, we offer an ideal ear reshaping that gives your ears symmetry and harmony within your face.

BANOBAGI’s Ear Reshaping: Benefits
  • BANOBAGI’s extensive experience and skills in ear reshaping
    BANOBAGI’s extensive experience and skills in ear reshaping
  • Natural results through a more detailed and precise surgery and scarring care, Aestheticism that creates an individual personal image and ideal ear shape, Precise improvement upon almost all cases

Surgery Information

  • Operation Time

    About 1 hr. ~ 2 hr.
    (Depends on surgical method)

  • Anesthesia

    General Anesthesia/Local Anesthesia

  • Stitch Removal

    About 7 days after

  • Hospitalization

    Discharged on the day

  • Follow-up


  • Recovery

    Resume daily routine in 7 days

Post-op Pain Level
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Smaller incision and more precise stitching mean quicker recovery.
As the anesthetics wear off, patients may experience pain, but it will diminish over time.
The pain level during stitch removal or sterilization is that of a mild pinch.

* Consensus based on the actual patients’ response to questionnaire.

* Not a strict standard, and patients’ experiences may differ.