Dr. Sadrian provides ear surgery for men or women who are unhappy with the appearance or prominence of their ears. Whether the concern is the size, shape, position, or regrets about past piercings, it can be resolved with an effective, precision ear surgery.
What is ear surgery?
Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, is a procedure that improves the appearance of the ears. Custom otoplasty performed by Dr. Sadrian can resolve a wide range of aesthetic problems, including:
- Protruding ears
- Shell-like ear structure
- Unusually large ears
- Unusually large earlobes
- Damaged earlobes (torn, gauged, split)
- Unevenly-shaped ears (asymmetrical)
- Misshapen ears from a natural defect or injury
- Unusually small ears
- Improperly positioned ears
- Folded ear tip (also called lop ear)
- Ear trauma, including serious trauma such as losing an ear
Otoplasty must be performed by a specialist like Dr. Sadrian who is comfortable with precision techniques that ultimately achieve the end goal of taking attention away from the ears and achieving an overall aesthetic facial appearance. Your surgeon must have significant experience in reshaping or re-sizing the ears, positioning ears perfectly, and addressing ear trauma with the techniques required for ear surgery.
What are the benefits of ear surgery?
Prominent or misshapen ears that you’re unhappy with can be almost impossible to hide. Embarassment about the way they look can cause a lack of confidence. For children, prominent or unusual-looking ears can make the child a target of bullying. One of the most significant benefits of otoplasty is the resolution of these concerns. Further benefits include the following:
- More proportionate facial features
- Enlarges overly-small ears
- Repairs congenital defects or ear trauma
- Achieves permanent results
- Is a safe procedure
- Typically requires a short recovery period
- Can attach or detach ear lobes
- Can reverse piercings or gauges and fully restore the earlobe (s)
Recovery from Ear Surgery
After surgery, it is normal to feel some discomfort, and pain medication will be prescribed. Your ears may feel itchy, a body reaction associated with healing. Never touch the incisions or remove bandages, as this could damage the newly-restructured ear. You will have a follow-up appointment the next day, and the bandages replaced with a soft headband which you must wear continuously during healing. You should be feeling well enough to return to work or school in about one week. By the second week you should feel completely comfortable revealing your newly reshaped ears.
At What Age Can Ear Surgery Be Performed?
If your child is being teased about his or her ears, it is a source of embarrassment, leading to a lack of self-confidence. Many parents choose to have this problem resolved surgically to help their child lead a happier, more confident life. To be ready for surgery, the ears must have reached a specific stage of growth, typically by about age five or six. If you have concerns about your child’s future and are interested in exploring ear surgery, you are invited to meet with Dr. Sadrian, and have your child’s ear structure evaluated in person.
Am I a candidate for ear surgery?
Men, women and children who would like to improve the appearance of their ears or earlobes are likely candidates for ear surgery. Ideal candidates should meet the following requirements:
- Are generally in good health
- Do not smoke
- Ears are fully formed (usually occurs by age five or six)
- Have realistic expectations about what otoplasty can achieve
- Do not have a history of severe scarring
What is recovery like after ear surgery?
Once your surgery is complete, your ears will be covered in bandages for a few days. These bandages provide support and protection during your healing process. Pain or itchiness is typically mild and can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications. Bruising and swelling will last for about three days, and begin to subside on the fourth or fifth day after surgery. Avoid pressure or contact with the ears, and sleep on your back during this time.
Many patients are comfortable returning to work or school after about a week. If the procedure was more minimal, the recovery period may be less.
Why Choose Sadrian Cosmetic Surgery For Ear Surgery?
Dr. Sadrian is recognized as being among the finest plastic surgeons practicing in the La Jolla area, respected for his surgical skills and artistry in facial plastic surgery. His private clinic provides a superior patient experience and is focused on quality patient care in ear surgery and other face, breast, and body enhancements.
Dr. Sadrian is a board-certified plastic surgeon and a recognized leader in the field, whose precise, expert hand with delicate surgical procedures has earned him a reputation for excellence. With more than 20 years of experience, his attention to detail and precision work as a surgeon make him the perfect choice for an otoplasty procedure. Call today for a consultation about your ear surgery.
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