Ear Surgery Candidates Los Angeles


“Did you fly to school or take the bus?” Such cruel taunting is well known to the boys and girls who have the congenital deformity of protruding ears. Called “Dumbo,” “Mickey Mouse”, “rabbit ears,” and any number of other epithets, children who have protruding or deformed ears suffer devastating blows to their self-esteem that can be corrected by Otoplasty.

Surgery is the only treatment to adequately and permanently correct protruding ears.

Otoplasty can position the ears closer to the head (“ear pinning”), reshape them, reduce their size, and make them more symmetrical. Otoplasty is most commonly performed on children between the ages of five to fourteen. It is one surgery where “earlier is better” in order to prevent the psychological problems that begin when children start their schooling and are subject to continual teasing. Also, ear cartilage is more malleable in a younger patient.

Who is a candidate for Otoplasty?


Otoplasty is a blessing for thousands of adults who have often spent their lives feeling self-conscious about their appearance because of large protruding, deformed or highly asymmetrical ears. They have always hid their large protruding ears under long hair, stayed away from wearing ear-rings, avoided wearing their hair up, and evaded wearing caps.

Protruding ears are genetic, and are the most frequent congenital deformity of the head and neck area – affecting five percent of the general public. Protruding ear deformity affects both genders, and may be unilateral or bilateral. Nearly 60 percent of those affected have a family history of the condition. It is often typified by the failure of the outer rim of the ear to fold back toward the scalp during fetal development. However, there are also deformities caused by trauma (dog or animal bites), or habits of “ear pulling.” Many toddlers pull on their ears during teething stages, and continue to do so even when they are no longer teething. Stretched earlobes can also be corrected by Otoplasty.

“I always wished that I could wear diamond earrings, but was embarrassed by my big ears. After Ear Pin back surgery, I often wear beautiful earrings with my hair up.” — Rachelle, age 40

Who is not a good candidate for Otoplasty?

Because no two ears on any person are identical or completely symmetrical, patients who are considering Otoplasty must realize that Otoplasty will not give them identical ears. Therefore, Otoplasty is contraindicated for those who have unrealistic expectations, as well as those who are not able to comply with the strict postoperative instructions detailed below.

Patients who have previously formed Keloid or Hypertrophic scarring on their ears or other body parts must recognize that they can also have the same outcome with their Otoplasty surgery.

Finally, children who have active ear infections or are to undergo surgery on their ear drums, mastoids, or tonsils should wait until after they have recovered from ear infection or the above-mentioned surgeries before undergoing Otoplasty.

What type of Ear Deformities Can be Corrected by Otoplasty?

The Most Common deformities corrected by Otoplasty:

  • Large ear lobes.
  • “Lop Ear” or “Bat Ear”, where the concha (or inner part of the external ear) grows at a right angle of the head instead of parallel to it.
  • “Cup Ear,” where parts of the outer ear develop irregularly, causing the ear to protrude.
  • Deformities of unusual ear shapes, folds and underdevelopment, “Stahl’s Ear Deformity” (satyr, Vulcan or “Spock’s” ear).
  • “Cauliflower Ear,” a deformity caused by injury and inflammation.
  • Shell Ear (curve of the outer rim as well as the folds and creases are missing).
  • Telephone ear deformity.
  • Macrotia (ear too large).
  • Microtia (ear too small).

No body parts are perfectly symmetrical. Otoplasty will, however, give the patient’s face a more balanced and symmetrical appearance.

Since the inner ear develops independently, patients with prominent ears generally have normal hearing.

“I’ll never forget the day that my son came home crying, with red ears. His classmates were pulling on his ears and teasing him. That was the day that I decided to take him to a plastic surgeon.”
— Carol, mother of Jonathan

Dr. Younai is a Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon with experience 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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