Cosmetic ear surgery or otoplasty is used for reshaping the ears. This outpatient procedure can be useful to patients that are unhappy with the shape, orientation, or size of their ears. Otoplasty involves cauliflower ear surgery and earlobe or ear reduction for recontouring or removing excess cartilage and skin.
Patients usually experience renewed self-esteem and confidence after getting this surgery performed since ears are a very prominent part of the face. The procedure can be performed equally safely on children and teens once their ear is well-developed.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Kim provides otoplasty ear reshaping surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and surrounding locations.
Ear Reconstructive and Pinning Otoplasty
Ear reshaping and ear pinning plastic surgery is generally performed under sedation and local anesthesia for adults and general anesthesia in case of children. The surgeon will make an incision behind the ear to begin the ear pinning surgery for exposing the cartilage.
Your cosmetic surgeon will reshape the cartilage and then remove excess skin. If necessary, the surgeon will then reposition the ear more closely to your head. The incisions are closed with non-removable sutures or stitches. Depending on the extent of the procedure, your ear reshaping cosmetic surgery will last anywhere from 1 to 2 hours.
Ear pinning is done for patients with protruding ears. In this, the ears are positioned more closely to the sides of the head. Ear pinning is a combination of cartilage sparing, scoring, and removing skin from the ear. The fusion of three different techniques allows the surgeon to create an ideal position and shape of the ears.
Bilateral Otoplasty – An Overview
Some patients require cosmetic correction in both their ears. Bilateral otoplasty involves ear reshaping and pinning on both the ears. It is performed in a manner similar to the surgery performed on a single ear. It has the same potential complications, recovery time and benefits. However, bilateral otoplasty results in slightly more pronounced throbbing, itching and other post-procedural side effects.
Surgery for Ear Reduction
Some patients are more concerned with the shape and size of their ears rather than the way they protrude from the sides of the head. Ear reduction surgery is a form of otoplasty that is performed for sculpting large ears. It gives the ears a more natural look and may include earlobe reduction as well. The procedure can be performed on both children and adults.
The doctor, during the surgery, will remove unwanted skin and cartilage. They will reshape the ear for creating more natural-looking and smaller sized ears. This surgery can provide symmetry and balance to the ears and face. It is usually accompanied by ear pinning.
Candidates for Ear Surgery
Ears are something that you cannot hide. People conscious of the shape or size of their ears may suffer from unbearable levels of shyness and embarrassment. This is why ear surgery or otoplasty is a popular procedure for many people.
Anyone who is unhappy with the shape and size of their ears might make for a suitable candidate for otoplasty. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. David Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and nearby areas for otoplasty.
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