Rhinoplasty & Otoplasty

Our board certified plastic surgeons, maintain a philosophy for nose & ear contouring with allowing function to be improved and delicately improve placement of inner structures.  The rhinoplasty procedure should procedure a nose that appears natural, functions properly with improving breathing, and is in balance and harmony with the remaining facial structures.  The ear pinning procedure referred to as otoplasty should be symmetrical and complement the remaining facial structures.  Both of  these procedures allow patients  a new, renewed self confidence and improved self esteem with social interactions and inner growth. For any structural improvements in nasal contouring surgery and reconstructive nasal surgery, there are some limitations related to the final outcome and the proportions requested by the patient. Some of the limiting factors are related to skin texture, skin thickness, previous fractures of the nose, variations in healing and individual facial contours and proportions with delivery of the final outcome.

When Should I Consider Nose Surgery?

  • An abnormal appearance to the nose as a result of trauma or injury to the nose.
  • Breathing difficulties; obstruction of airflow.
  • Repeated sinus infections
  • Loss of proportions of the nose in relation to the face; dorsal hump or large, pointed tip.

Anticipated Results:

  • Improvement in breathing and airflow through nostrils.
  • Improved proportions of the nose; less bulbous tip and straighter slope of nose.

A small incision is made of the column of skin between the nostrils on the underneath surface of the nose to utilize an open rhinoplasty technique.  Through this incision, the tip can be reshaped with permanent sutures using cartilage grafts as needed, the cartilages can be fractured and re-positioned as needed, a hump can be reduced, and the turbinates can be reduced to improve breathing. If the base of the nose is too wide, our surgeons can perform a Weir’s Excision in addition by making incisions in the creases on both sides of the nostril creases to decrease the base width of the nostrils.  The resulting scars are hidden in the creases. We will place nasal packing to the nostrils for the first 24-36 hours, and a nasal splint is placed and is removed after 7 days.  Our doctors will recommend wearing the splint at night for 2-4 weeks.  The recovery period is typically 7-10 days. There will be swelling and bruising for the first 2 weeks and lifting restrictions are required for the first 2 weeks. We also recommend taping the nose for additional support and to reduce the swelling for the first 4-6 weeks and restricting any glasses for 4-6 weeks also.

When Should I Consider Ear Pinning (Otoplasty) or Earlobe Reduction Surgery?

  • Ears that protrude (stick out) and are out of proportion.
  • Earlobes are too large; either congenitally or due to stretching the earlobes.
  • Earlobe opening stretched or torn; Inability to wear earrings.

Anticipated Results:

  • Ears that are closer in position to the head; more proportional.
  • Improved earlobe size and shape; correction of stretched earlobe opening.
  • Repair of torn or enlarged opening; Ability to re-pierce the earlobe.

For an otoplasty or ear pinning surgery: the incision is placed behind the ear and is very well concealed.  By placement of permanent sutures in the cartilage, the bending of the cartilage is performed to pin the ear back and reshape the contour of the ear as needed.   This procedure is commonly performed on children, teenagers, and adults.  Following a otoplasty, light dressings are placed for the first 1-2 days and then a compression device is placed over the ears to promote gentle pressure to ensure adequate molding and healing, and maintain the correction ear placement. The procedure is performed under anesthesia  and the recovery period is 7-10 days.

For a torn or injured earlobe or stretched earlobe or a desire in reduction of the earlobe; a incision is made to excise the excess tissue or to remove the earlobe opening.  The edges of the earlobe are then brought back together and secured together with sutures located on the front and back of the earlobe.  The sutures are removed after 7-10 days and steri-strips are placed for 6 weeks to ensure adequate healing and pressure to the incision.  Light earlobe massage is recommend after 2 weeks to reduce the swelling and any firmness.  The earlobe may be re-pierced after 6-12 weeks, any signs of firmness must be resolved.  The procedure is performed under local anesthetic and the recovery period is minimal.  The patient may shower after 3 days and return to work the next day if desired.

Planning the Surgery:

Time off Work:

7-10 days for Rhinoplasty; 7-10 days for Otoplasty; Earlobe Repair/Reduction: 1-2 days.


After Rhinoplasty or Otoplasty surgery; you will need a caregiver for the first 2-3 days.  A driver is required for the first post operative appointments.

The Day of Surgery:

Rhinoplasty and Otoplasty surgery:  performed on an outpatient basis under general or monitored anesthesia. The procedure typically takes 2.5-3.5 hours. Earlobe Repair/Earlobe Reduction: performed under local anesthetic.

After Surgery:

After a Rhinoplasty or Otoplasty surgery; you will be required to return to the office the day following surgery for removal dressings and to be given further instructions.

Note:It is important to address any concerns with The Gillian Institute at the time of your consultation. There is some risk, as with any surgical procedure. To prevent post-operative complications with this technique, no smoking is a requirement prior to surgery. Our doctors can explain the procedure and potential complications to you in detail, and she can assist you in determining if a rhinoplasty, or ear contouring surgery is right for you.

What Patients Are Saying

I had a face lift, eyes upper and lower, neck. To this day I still get the comment. “You look so good” What did you do? It was the best thing I ever did and would recommend it to anyone. No pain, No problems. Thanks to Dr. Short and her team, they make you feel at home. They are the BEST !!!! * 



Penny O

I would refer Dr.Short to all of my friend and family. She are her staff was very professional and was willing to answer any question that I had. My surgery was a breast augmentation, I was a size A and went to a cup size D. I am very pleased and so happy with the out come. Dr.Short is the best there is. I would never even consider going any place else. *

Jennifer K

I came to Dr. Short for a Breast Augmentation and tummy tuck about 3 1/2 years ago. I was a mother of 5 children and had spent the past 15 years giving birth and taking care of kids. Even before the kids though, I struggled with a poochy tummy. I decided for my 40th birthday that I was finally going to do something about it. I searched the internet extensively and finally found Dr. Short. The results she was showing on her website were exactly what I was looking for. I flew out from Washington State for my consultation and immediately liked her and her entire staff. They put me at ease and answered all my questions.

I was thrilled with the results of the surgery. I went immediately from a size 12 to a size 4. I couldn’t believe it. The surgery got me so motivated that I continued to diet and exercise and have now dropped another 13 pounds and now wear a size 0. In addition to the fantastic results, Dr. Short and her staff made me feel like a girlfriend. I felt that they truly understood what my needs were, not just clinically, but from a woman’s perspective. I can’t recommend Dr. Short and her office enough for any cosmetic procedure. Thank you so much. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. *

Allissa S

I went to Dr. Short 2 years ago with an A cup breast size. She gave me a low C cup, and i get compliments on my breasts daily. They are very natural looking and feeling. A lot of people do not even believe me when I tell them I have had breast augmentation. Shes the best and I’m very very pleased with the outcome of the surgery. *

Deborah M

I used Dr.Short for a breast enlargement. I was more then impressed with the results. They did a great job and I recommend her all the time to people who ask for a Dr. I went in with a lot of questions and attended a seminar that helped me feel at ease. The surgery was not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. I was back to normal in no time. The scars left are not even visible unless you look really hard. I highly recommend Dr.Short. They made me feel comfortable by having proper follow up appointments to make sure that everything was ok with surgery. I have nothing bad to say about my whole experience. It is going on three years now and I have had no complications at all. Dr. Short does a great job of giving you a natural look and making sure she keeps the look proportional to your body type. She really does a great job. *

Amy B
* Disclaimer: The claims made on this website are not intended to represent the results that every patient can expect. Surgical results vary greatly from patient to patient and are not guaranteed.

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