Otoplasty, or ear surgery, is a plastic surgery procedure that can enhance the appearance of the ears. Ear surgery can reshape the ears, improve their size or protrusion, or correct ear deformities. It can also improve the appearance of stretched or gauged earlobes. Even patients who are missing one or both ears from birth or injury can have new ears constructed with otoplasty. Dr. Chiu performs ear surgery at his Beverly Hills practice to help normalize patients’ ears and improve their appearance, confidence, and self-image.
Otoplasty can correct ear deformities or injuries such as lop ear, cupped ear, shell ear, and cauliflower ear. Surgery can help your ears look more natural so that they blend in well with your features.
Ears that noticeably stick out from the head or that are large or prominent may cause feelings of self-consciousness. Dr. Chiu can perform otoplasty to make your ears smaller and lessen the degree to which they protrude from the side of your head. After surgery, your ears will look more balanced and will no longer draw attention.
Some earlobes are naturally large or develop creases or wrinkles. Others may become stretched or develop unsightly holes due to wearing heavy earrings or gauges. Otoplasty can correct these issues and restore a more natural appearance to the earlobes.
Some candidates for ear surgery are missing one or both ears due to injury or a congenital deformity. Missing the outer ears does not affect hearing, but it may draw unwanted attention. Dr. Chiu can use natural tissues and cartilage to reconstruct a missing ear and restore your appearance.
Many individuals experience self-esteem issues, poor self-confidence, and social anxiety or ridicule due to the appearance of their ears. Children are particularly vulnerable to emotional and psychological trauma from the mockery from other children. Otoplasty can enhance your ears and boost your self-esteem and confidence
A soft, bulky dressing will be applied to each ear to promote healing and effective molding of the tissues. Patients should avoid sleeping on their sides and may relieve any mild discomfort with pain medications. A headband may be recommended for temporarily regular wear to hold the ears in their desired position.
The stitches will dissolve or will be removed. Adults can usually return to work after five days. Children can return to school after one week if they are careful about playground activity. If applicable, the headband should still be worn consistently. Patients should continue to avoid sleeping on their sides.
Patients can stop wearing the headband but should avoid any activity that could bend the ears, including sleeping on their sides.
Patients should feel back to normal, resume all normal activities, and be able to fully enjoy their results.
At Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Inc., Dr. Chiu can recommend the procedures that will help you achieve the results you want, based on your individual needs.
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Insurance coverage may be available for your ear surgery depending on your reasons for undergoing the procedure. Insurance will not cover ear surgery that is performed for cosmetic reasons, but it may partially or wholly reimburse ear surgery that is performed to correct injuries or birth defects. If you are considering ear surgery, check with your insurance provider to learn what coverage options may be available for you.
Ideal candidates for ear surgery are healthy individuals whose ears have reached their full size. This usually occurs around age five or six. While adults can have excellent results with otoplasty, adult ears have firm cartilage that cannot be molded as easily as children’s ears, which have softer and more pliable cartilage. The best candidates are younger children because their ears will be the easiest to reshape and they will likely experience the greatest psychological benefits from the cosmetic improvement.
Otoplasty manipulates only the tissues of the outer ear. Therefore, it will not affect your hearin
Otoplasty leaves only a thin white scar behind the ear. This scar is hidden within the natural creases of the ear and will not be visible.
There are few risks associated with otoplasty. Rarely, patients may develop a blood clot or infection. A blood clot may dissolve on its own or be resolved with a needle. An infection can be treated with antibiotics or, in even rarer cases, surgery.
Ear surgery enhances the appearance of the ears so that they look natural, attractive, and balanced with your facial features, face shape, and head shape. Patients are typically thrilled with the results of ear surgery.
The results of ear surgery are generally permanent, which means that patients can enjoy their results for the rest of their lifetime.
We are eager to answer your questions and help you or your child experience the life-changing benefits of otoplasty.