Ear Surgery/Otoplasty Los Angeles

Ear Surgery is designed to correct prominent ears. This facial cosmetic surgery procedure is performed by many Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeons who specialize in ear surgery including ear pin back or ear reduction surgery.

Otoplasty, also known as Ear Pinning, Ear Pinback, or Ear Reduction Surgery, is the cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that permanently corrects protruding ears. Beverly Hills Otoplasty does so by positioning the ears closer to the head (Ear Pinning), reshaping them, reducing their size, and making them more symmetrical. Protruding Ear Deformity is the most prevalent congenital malformation of the head and neck area.

Besides Protruding Ears, other External Ear deformities are also corrected by Otoplasty in Los Angeles. These deformities include: Cup Ear or irregular development of the outer ears; Lop Ear or Bat Ear, where the edge of the ear’s exterior grows at a sharp and protruding angle; Cauliflower Ear, caused by crush injury to ear cartilage; “Spock’s Ear” with protruding sharp edge; Shell Ear, with missing folds and creases, as well as ears that are too large or too small.

Otoplasty ranks as the most commonly performed plastic surgery Procedure on children between ages five and fourteen in Southern California. In fact, Ear Pinning is one cosmetic surgery where “earlier is better” because of the devastating blows to a child’s self-esteem, who is teased for having protruding ears; being called names such as “Dumbo,” “Mickey Mouse” and “Rabbit Ears.” The optimal time for performing otoplasty in children is just before they start school, or at about the age of seven. At this age the ears have grown to nearly their adult size and the child is old enough to be able to undergo surgery safely. It also gives children a chance to correct their facial deformity before starting to socialize with peers in school.

Otoplasty has also been a blessing for thousands of adults who have spent their lives feeling self-conscious about their “big ears”. They have hidden their ears with hairstyles, hats, and avoided wearing ear jewelry. With Otoplasty they have gained the freedom to wear their hair short or pulled back, wear earrings, and no longer feel embarrassed about their look. While Otoplasty aims to normalize the appearance of the ears it can never produce perfect and fully symmetrical ears. Therefore, parents who are considering Ear Pinning for their children, and adults who are considering the procedure, should have realistic expectations. After all, no two ears are ever identical or perfectly symmetrical.

Contraindications for Otoplasty include active ear infection. Children who need to undergo surgery on their ear drums, mastoids, or tonsils should delay having Otoplasty.

Otoplasty is tailored by plastic surgeons according to the patient’s needs. Techniques include rearranging or sculpting existing ear cartilage; adjusting the position of the ear helix and lobe to that of the head; rearranging, excising or adding skin or cartilage grafts and flaps.

Children having Otoplasty will undergo general anesthesia to assure that they will remain still for maximum safety. On the other hand, adults can undergo Ear Pinning with local anesthesia and sedation, if they have a calm nature.

The Cosmetic plastic surgeon begins the surgery by making an incision just behind the ear, in the natural fold where the ear joins the head. He or she may employ Cartilage Cutting or Cartilage Sparing techniques. Cartilage Sparing, which repositions the cartilage via multiple suspension sutures rather than cutting, has the advantage of avoiding visible edges of cut cartilage, but is technically more challenging. Following the repositioning of the cartilage, the plastic surgeon will address the protrusion of the ear lobes, remove excess skin and close the wound with sutures.

Your Plastic Surgeon’s instructions for recovery will include wearing a special headband or bandage to hold the ears in place, avoid strenuous sports for a period of time, and to sleep with your head elevated for a few days. Following all instructions will be crucial to an optimal outcome.

Dr. Younai is a Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon who specializes in all aspects of Facial Cosmetic Surgery including that of the Ears. He is skilled and experienced in all techniques of Otoplasty and strives to create ears that are natural and normal looking. During your consultation he will discuss all details including: if you are a good candidate, surgical options and techniques, potential risks and complications of surgery, pre- and post-operative instructions, recovery course, as well as what to expect after surgery. At that time Dr. Younai will also show you before-and-after pictures of other patients with Otoplasty, who might be similar to you.




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