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Otoplasty San Diego

ear surgery

Dr. Sadrian provides men and women in the greater area of San Diego otoplasty, for those 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 Otoplasty?

Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery), and in many cases synonymous with ear pinning, is a procedure that improves the appearance of the ears. Custom otoplasty in La Jolla performed by Dr. Sadrian can resolve a wide range of aesthetic problems, including:

  • Protruding ears
  • Unusually large ears
  • Unusually small ears
  • Shell-like ear structure
  • Unusually large earlobes
  • Improperly positioned ears
  • Folded ear tip (also called lop ear)
  • Unevenly-shaped ears (asymmetrical)
  • Damaged earlobes (torn, gauged, split)
  • Misshapen ears from a natural defect or injury
  • Ear trauma, including serious trauma such as losing an ear

When it comes to otoplasty San Diego area folks should choose 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.

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What are the benefits of otoplasty?

Prominent or misshapen ears that you’re unhappy with can be almost impossible to hide. Embarrassment 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:

  • Is a safe procedure
  • Enlarges overly-small ears
  • Achieves permanent results
  • Can attach or detach ear lobes
  • More proportionate facial features
  • Repairs congenital defects or ear trauma
  • Typically requires a short recovery period
  • Can reverse piercings or gauges and fully restore the earlobe(s)
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How Does Otoplasty Work?

Every ear surgery is a custom procedure to resolve the unique problems for the individual patient. The first step is to evaluate ear shape and condition to craft a surgical plan to create an aesthetic look, with the ears balanced and attractively sized, shaped, and positioned against the head. Otoplasty generally takes two hours and is typically performed under intravenous sedation, depending on your preferences and age. Incisions are placed to restructure ear shape, which often requires removing some cartilage, so the ear lies flat against the head. Most ear surgeries include incisions on the back of the ears or in the inner creases of the ears. Internal sutures are placed to ensure the new shape is secure, and the area bandaged. In some cases, the procedure is more involved and requires rebuilding or making the ear larger. To achieve ideal results, the procedure may include using an implant or a part of the rib cartilage.


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.


If your child is being teased about his or her ears and it is a source of embarrassment, leading to a lack of self-confidence, then 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 a La Jolla otoplasty, you are invited to meet with Dr. Sadrian, and have your child’s ear structure evaluated in person.

Am I a candidate for otoplasty?

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:

  • Do not smoke
  • Are generally in good health
  • Do not have a history of severe scarring
  • Ears are fully formed (usually occurs by age five or six)
  • Have realistic expectations about what otoplasty can achieve

What is recovery like after otoplasty?

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 MD 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 pinning and other ear, face, breast, and body modifications and enhancements. Dr. Sadrian is a board-certified San Diego 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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The decision to undergo a cosmetic procedure is extremely personal. If you are considering an enhancement, you want to be confident that your results will appear fresh and natural – and like you. Dr. Sadrian is among the finest plastic surgeons practicing in the San Diego area and has achieved acclaim for consistently achieving natural-looking results. Schedule an appointment to learn more.


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