What Is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty surgery is a procedure that won’t affect a person’s ability to hear or the location of their ears. Conversely, it is an ear surgery that can be used to address ears that stick out too far from the head or appear disproportionate to the head. The surgery can also be performed to correct the results of a prior ear procedure.
How to Prepare for Otoplasty Surgery
Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery takes a holistic approach to otoplasty. He wants to help patients improve facial symmetry, and ultimately, achieve a balanced, natural-looking facial appearance. To accomplish this goal, Dr. Azizzadeh evaluates a patient’s facial features closely. He then crafts a custom treatment plan designed to enhance facial harmony.
If a person is considering cosmetic ear surgery in Beverly Hills, Dr. Azizzadeh requests a consultation with him or her. The consultation allows Dr. Azizzadeh to review a patient’s medical history and identify any health risks that can disqualify this individual from treatment.
Next, if a patient qualifies for ear lobe surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh helps this individual set realistic treatment expectations. Dr. Azizzadeh explains the risks and benefits of ear pinning surgery and responds to their treatment concerns and questions. In doing so, Dr. Azizzadeh helps his patient make an informed treatment decision.
What to Expect from Ear Plastic Surgery
Dr. Azizzadeh sometimes recommends an otoplasty patient avoid aspirin and other medications in the days leading up to their surgery. He also advises ear pinning surgery patients not to smoke prior to treatment, as smoking can reduce blood flow in the skin and slow the healing process.
An otoplasty is usually performed in a surgical center under local anesthesia. During the procedure, Dr. Azizzadeh first makes a small incision in the back of a patient’s ear. Dr. Azizzadeh next reshapes or folds the ear cartilage; this allows Dr. Azizzadeh to reduce the ear’s size.
What to Expect After Otoplasty Surgery
Before Dr. Azizzadeh performs cosmetic ear surgery in Los Angeles, he provides his patient with full details about treatment. Dr. Azizzadeh also offers tips to help a patient reduce swelling and bruising in the days after surgery.
A patient’s ears are bandaged after their ear pinning surgery is performed. The bandages protect and support the ears and help a patient minimize the risk of infection.
Patients can experience pain, discomfort, and itching in the days following ear surgery. Dr. Azizzadeh sometimes prescribes pain medication to help his patients alleviate these issues.
Dr. Azizzadeh recommends sleeping on the side for the first few days after an otoplasty. A patient can also wear button-down shirts or shirts with loose-fitting collars; this reduces their risk of putting force on surgical incisions.
Surgical bandages are generally removed within a few days of treatment. At this time, a patient’s ears often appear red and swollen, but these symptoms typically subside over the course of two to six weeks. A patient can wear a loose headband to cover the ears at night; the headband can help a patient avoid pulling the ears forward if he or she rolls over in bed.
If dissolvable stitches are used during surgery, they will disappear in the weeks after treatment. Or, if standard stitches are used, a patient will need to return to Dr. Azizzadeh’s office a few weeks after surgery to have them removed.
Dr. Azizzadeh explains when a patient can resume normal physical activities following surgery. He also helps his patient avoid complications during the recovery process and ensures that he or she can benefit from beautiful, natural-looking ears that complement their facial appearance.
Dr. Azizzadeh wants each patient to achieve the best-possible results during an otoplasty. As such, Dr. Azizzadeh is available to respond to concerns and questions before and after surgery.
Benefits of Ear Lobe Surgery
Ear surgery can provide 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 the 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 can experience lower self-confidence than others. With surgery for the ears, patients can address prominent ears or other issues that otherwise hamper their aesthetic appearance. And, the surgery can help these patients feel better about their appearance, leading to increased self-confidence.
Dr. Azizzadeh outlines the benefits of surgery for the 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 their 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.
Otoplasty Surgery Risks
Potential otoplasty complications include:
- Scarring behind the ears and/or within the creases of the ears
- Asymmetrical ear placement
- Overcorrection of the ears
Dr. Azizzadeh takes precautions to guard against otoplasty surgery risks. He will not perform the procedure if he believes the potential risks associated with it exceed its benefits. In this instance, Dr. Azizzadeh can explore alternative treatment options to help his patients improve their aesthetic appearance.
How Much Does Surgery for the Ears Cost?
The cost of ear surgery can 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.
Is Cosmetic Ear Surgery in Beverly Hills Covered by Insurance?
Most cosmetic ear procedures are not covered by insurance. But, Dr. Azizzadeh can provide his patients with details about financing for otoplasty surgery prior to treatment.
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.
Can an Otoplasty Be Used to Treat Ear Canal Issues or an Acoustic Neuroma?
An otoplasty enables a patient to correct prominent ears or other ear problems that affect their aesthetic appearance. For patients coping with ear canal problems, an acoustic neuroma, or other issues that affect the function of the ears, other treatment options should be considered.
Dr. Azizzadeh can conduct an assessment to understand the cosmetic appearance of the ears. He can also identify any functional problems that impact a patient’s ability to hear properly. Dr. Azizzadeh uses a medical evaluation to analyze the size, shape, and placement of his patient’s ears. The evaluation enables Dr. Azizzadeh to ensure the ears are working correctly as well.
In the event that Dr. Azizzadeh identifies cosmetic and functional issues of the ears, he can develop a treatment plan to address both sets of problems. Dr. Azizzadeh wants his patients to reap the benefits of ears that complement the facial features and function properly. Therefore, he does everything in his power to ensure these patients can undergo an otoplasty and other appropriate treatments that deliver the optimal results.
Is Cosmetic Ear Surgery Right for You?
For those who are exploring cosmetic ear surgery, meet with Dr. Azizzadeh. Next, a patient can receive an evaluation to determine their eligibility for treatment. Dr. Azizzadeh may discover a patient is a viable candidate for ear surgery. Or, he may find a patient can benefit from a facelift or other cosmetic treatments. Regardless, Dr. Azizzadeh can work closely with a patient to help him or her accomplish their cosmetic treatment goals.
Schedule an Otoplasty Ear Rejuvenation Treatment Consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh Today
When it comes to ear lobe surgery, it is sometimes difficult to determine the best course of action. Fortunately, Dr. Azizzadeh can meet with an ear pinning surgery candidate and help this individual determine if otoplasty is the right choice based on their facial rejuvenation treatment goals.
Dr. Azizzadeh offers free in-person and virtual consultations to patients who are considering otoplasty surgery or other facial rejuvenation treatments. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact us online or call us today at 424-303-4994.