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Otoplasty

Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, is commonly used to correct protruding ears in adults and children. This ear reshaping procedure involves repositioning and recontouring of the ears, resulting in smaller, less prominent ears.

What Is Otoplasty?

Ear surgery is one of the most common procedures performed on children. In many instances, otoplasty helps children repair ears that were damaged as a result of a birth defect or traumatic injury.

With ear surgery, individuals can correct a number of conditions, including:

  • Protruding ears (excessive ear cartilage)
  • “Lop ear” (where ear tip bends down and forward)
  • “Cupped ear” or “shell ear” (a very tiny ear or an ear that lacks natural creases)
  • Large or deformed earlobes

Also, earlobe surgery is available and offers an alternative to otoplasty. It is used to repair earlobes that have been torn by earrings or intentionally stretched.

Dr. Babak Azizzadeh is a globally recognized facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who uses advanced ear reshaping and ear pinning techniques to assist ear surgery patients. By doing so, he helps patients achieve their desired treatment results.

Benefits of Ear Surgery

Ear surgery provides many benefits, including:

  • Proven Results: This surgery has been shown to provide patients with a fast, easy way to correct a variety of ear conditions, including protruding, folded or very large ears.
  • Safe Procedure: Today, surgery for ears is one of the safest cosmetic surgeries and has helped both adults and children correct irregularly shaped or damaged ears.
  • Increased Self-Confidence: Various studies have indicated that individuals who have unusual-looking ears have lower self-confidence than others. With surgery for ears, individuals can improve their aesthetic appearance, leading to increased self-confidence.

Dr. Azizzadeh will outline the benefits of surgery for ears during an initial patient consultation. That way, an individual can learn about the benefits of this surgery and determine whether it is the right treatment based on his or her personal needs.

Recovery from Ear Pinning

Swelling and discomfort may occur immediately following an ear treatment. However, these side effects usually will subside within a few days.

Most patients can resume normal activities within one week of an ear procedure. Adults should be able to return to work at this time, while children can go back to school.

Ultimately, complete surgery recovery may require about six weeks to complete. Dr. Azizzadeh will provide a patient with full recovery instructions prior to treatment, and these instructions include:

  • Avoid rigorous activity that may impact the ears until the ears are fully healed.
  • Keep the head cool throughout the recovery period.
  • Keep the head elevated to reduce swelling.
  • Do not wash the hair with shampoo for at least one week after treatment.
  • Try not to sleep on your side.

Dr. Azizzadeh may prescribe medication to help a patient alleviate ear pain following surgery. He also is available to respond to a patient’s concerns and questions after an ear procedure.

How Much Does Surgery for Ears Cost?

The cost of an ear treatment may vary based on several factors, such as anesthesia, operating room facilities and other related expenses. Dr. Azizzadeh will provide information about the cost of an ear procedure during an initial consultation.

Are You a Candidate for Ear Surgery?

For children, the ideal time to undergo an ear procedure is around 6 years of age or older. At this point, the ear has reached approximately 90 percent of its adult size.

Dr. Azizzadeh is happy to meet with adults and children to discuss assorted ear treatment options. He will perform a comprehensive patient assessment to determine whether an individual is a viable candidate for an ear procedure.

Dr. Azizzadeh's Approach to Surgery for Ears

An ear procedure is an important procedure, and as such, Dr. Azizzadeh will take time to learn about a patient and his or her treatment goals.

Dr. Azizzadeh wants to help patients get the best results possible and will go the extra mile to ensure a patient is fully supported before, during and after surgery. In addition, Dr. Azizzadeh uses best-in-class surgical techniques and equipment to assist ear treatment patients.

To learn more about surgery for ears, please call us at 310-657-2203 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh.

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