The ears play a large role in overall profile and appearance. Whether due to genetic factors or injury, the ears can project from the head in an unflattering way, become misshapen, or appear out of proportion with the other features. This may cause significant self-consciousness, but is easily treated through our Los Angeles Otoplasty procedure. Dr. Ourian has trained at some of the top institutions in the United States and offers patients the best otoplasty Los Angeles has available.
Otoplasty, which is sometimes referred to as “ear pinning,” “ear reshaping surgery,” or “cosmetic ear surgery” is a surgery which serves the purpose of repositioning the ear or changing its size or proportion. An otoplasty intended to improve the overall balance of the ears and face as well as create a more aesthetically pleasing ear shape while maintaining a natural appearance.
At A Glance
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Surgery Length: 3 Hours
Recovery Time: 1 - 2 Weeks
Most patients who are in good health overall make good candidates for otoplasty. Unlike most cosmetic procedures, otoplasty is often performed on children. In these cases, it is generally recommended that the child is at least five years old or older before undergoing the surgery to ensure the ear is within 90% of its final, adult size, and the child is able to participate in his/her own care. Otoplasty is also performed for patients who have suffered injury to the ears and are now seeking to correct scarring or other visible signs of damage. Finally, patients who feel their ears are out of proportion with their other features may choose otoplasty. So long as these patients are healthy overall, they likely make suitable candidates. Dr. Ourian, an expert Los Angeles Otoplasty specialist, will determine your candidacy for otoplasty after a consultation.
An otoplasty may be performed under general anesthesia, and sometimes under local anesthesia, depending on the extent of the correction needed. To correct protruding ears, incisions are made at the back of the ear. Through these incisions, the cartilage can be reshaped as necessary. In some cases, incisions on the front of the ear may be necessary. If so, they can be made within the natural folds of the ear to conceal any resulting scars. When the reshaping is complete, the incisions are closed.
After your Beverly Hills otoplasty, you will have a surgical dressing over the ears, which must be kept clean and dry throughout the first week after the surgery. It is common to experience swelling, bruising, and some discomfort, which can be alleviated with pain medication. After dressings are removed, it is common to wear an elastic headband for four to six weeks to ensure proper healing. In addition, you should take care to avoid scratching or touching the ears, and sleeping in a position that does not put pressure on the ears. Dr. Ourian will give you specific directions for your recovery period, and monitor your healing through postoperative appointments. Most otoplasty patients return to work or school about a week after surgery.
What Procedures Can I Pair with Otoplasty?
Damage to the earlobes, whether the result of injury, wearing heavy jewelry, or intentionally stretching the earlobes, requires a separate surgery from otoplasty known as earlobe repair. Earlobe repair is a relatively simple procedure which can be paired with otoplasty to create a natural-looking and enhanced ear shape.
Since the ears and the nose are the most protuberant features of the face, patients may choose to combine otoplasty with rhinoplasty to maintain the overall balance of their face. Rhinoplasty, also known as a “nose job,” can be chosen to change the size, projection, or straightness of the nose.
The cost of your otoplasty in Beverly Hills will vary according to factors including the type of anesthesia used and the extent of the surgery. Thus, the final cost cosmetic ear surgery in Beverly Hills can vary. Dr. Ourian’s team will give you a more specific cost for your procedure after a detailed consultation appointment.
Frequently asked questions
- Does otoplasty make the ears smaller?
- Typically, otoplasty makes the ears appear smaller without actually altering their size. This is because the procedure most commonly “pins back” the ears so they do not protrude as much.
- Can children have otoplasty?
- Otoplasty is often performed on children because the ears are fully grown at about age five, so it is safe to alter their projection or size at this stage. Many children and parents choose otoplasty at this age so that the child will have lessened emotional discomfort as a result of protruding ears as they grow up. Additionally, at the age of five, the child is old enough to participate in his/her care. However, adults can choose to have the procedure as well.
- Will I have scars after otoplasty?
- The scars that result from otoplasty incisions are well hidden behind the ear or within the natural folds of the ears. These scars are minimal overall and should not be noticeable.