Otoplasty SURGERY San Diego

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Otoplasty (Ear Surgery) San Diego

We humans are sensitive to our own and to others’ appearance, particularly features beyond the range of generally accepted norms.

Symmetric, proportionate, well-shaped ears are expected. Anything greater than minor size or shape difference, excessive projection, or atypical features may be a source of shame, cause for concealment, and feelings of awkwardness or inferiority. For children especially, ear abnormalities may become an object of attention and stimulate bullying, teasing, and name-calling. Fortunately, minor surgical ear revision procedures may adjust shape and projection of the ears. Otoplasty (oto = ear, plasty = to mold, to form) is an excellent solution with permanent results. Otoplasty is one of the few cosmetic surgeries for children. Adults who desire a change in the size, shape, projection, or feature(s) of their ear(s) may benefit from otoplasty as well.

What is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty is cosmetic ear surgery to adjust the shape, proportion, size, or symmetry of the outer ears.

Otoplasty corrects visible defects of the ear structure that are present at birth as well as cosmetic problems caused by accident or injury. Surgical techniques applied depends on the particular situation and desired result.  Otoplasty is individually designed, but methods have been established to accomplish commonly requested changes. One or both ears may be involved: 

  • Asymmetrical ears
  • Protruding ears
  • Disproportionately large ears
  • Underdeveloped ears
  • Curled, curved, pointed, or bent ears

Otoplasty is planned and performed for a natural appearance so the ears graciously parenthesize the face, and don’t attract attention. Whether for a child or an adult, otoplasty should be safely and effectively performed by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

Ear Surgery Procedure

Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure done under local anesthesia.

At Feel Beautiful San Diego Cosmetic Clinic, Dr. Steve Laverson applies standard techniques to correct a range of ear defects. He customizes each one to the individual’s anatomy and desired result. After administering local anesthesia and, if necessary, providing medication for relaxation, Dr. Laverson creates an incision where it can be hidden in the ear’s natural creases and folds.  The exact techniques used depends on the type and severity of the abnormality. Otoplasty techniques may include:

  • Internal, non-absorbing cartilage-bending sutures
  • Cartilage-softening/cartilage-weakening methods
  • Rearranging or rotating sections of cartilage

For protruding ears, Dr. Laverson typically opens the groove between the ear and the head, exposing projecting cartilage. He then may remove a carefully selected and shaped section of cartilage, sculpts and re-shape remaining cartilage, and use internal, non-absorbing sutures to permanently fold the cartilage into the desired contour.  If the ear needs to be enlarged, Dr. Laverson may take cartilage from somewhere else in the body to augment the ear and sculpt a more proportionate or symmetrical size. Once the defect has been corrected, the incisions are closed up with absorbable sutures, and a splint or bandages applied. 

To accommodate the wide range of presentations, the range of corrective measures is broad. Dr. Laverson approaches each otoplasty procedure with the precision and artistry that human anatomy demands, and that results in satisfactory and pleasant outcomes.

Candidates for Ear Surgery

Otoplasty is typically performed on children between the ages of 5 and 14, but ear surgery can be a solution for anyone of any age who:

  • Is in general good health
  • Is a non-smoker or can quit smoking for several weeks prior to the surgery
  • Wants to correct the appearance of asymmetrical, protruding, misshapen, or large ears
  • Has realistic expectations about the outcome

Children who are good candidates for otoplasty should not:

  • Have ears that are still developing
  • Have hearing issues
  • Have chronic ear infections

To find out if otoplasty is a good fit for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Laverson. He’ll examine your ears, listen to your wishes, and discuss treatment possibilities with you. If you’re a good candidate for otoplasty, you’ll know in advance what to expect and how to prepare for the procedure.    

Otoplasty Recovery and Scarring

Otoplasty is an outpatient surgery that generally takes 2-4 hours. During your consultation, your questions are answered and you’ll have a good idea of what to expect. After surgery, your ears will be protected with large cups over the treated ears for a day or two. Avoid sleeping on the operated ear, and no contact or collision sports for at least two weeks to prevent inadvertent injury to your delicate, healing ear(s).  Most patients feel comfortable returning to work or school by the second week. 

Dr. Laverson’s deft hand, precise techniques, and perfectionistic approach has resulted for many  in undetectable otoplasty scars that do not interfere with activities of daily living in any way. 

Otoplasty results are immediate, though several weeks pass for swelling to subside. To facilitate healing, follow all post-otoplasty instructions carefully.  These may include the use of:

  • Extra pillows to keep your head elevated at night
  • Medications (analgesics) to alleviate discomfort
  • Ear cups (for children) to protect the ears during sleep

Dr. Laverson will provide you with a detailed post-procedure plan that includes care instructions and timelines for resuming exercise and other activities.

Dr. Laverson has earned his reputation as one of the top plastic surgeons in San Diego by taking his time to ensure that every single detail of every single surgical procedure is done with the utmost precision and a superior level of care. At Feel Beautiful San Diego Cosmetic Clinic, you’re in excellent hands. Call (858) 295-1592 to schedule your otoplasty consultation with Dr. Laverson today.

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