What Is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty is any type of cosmetic or reconstructive surgery that aims to improve the appearance of one or both ears. It involves several types of procedures, including pinning the ears back, reducing or increasing their size, and reconstructing them to modify their shape. This makes it the ideal procedure for those who are unhappy about the size, shape, or orientation of their ears.

Cosmetic issues with the ears can disrupt the overall harmony of the face. Otoplasty surgery can help improve such issues, resulting in more symmetrical, natural-looking ears that are proportionate with the rest of the face and head.

Reasons To Undergo Ear Surgery Procedure

Misshapen or unbalanced ears often cause low self-esteem, especially for a child, which is why otoplasty ear surgery is a popular procedure for both adults and children.

The procedure is usually performed on minor to severe ear defects that are either congenital or caused by outside trauma, such as ear pulling or earring use.

Other issues that can be addressed by otoplasty are:

  1. Excessively large or small ears and/or earlobes
  2. Large or protruding ears
  3. Cupped or inward ears
  4. Disproportionate or misshapen ears
  5. Hearing problems due to shape
  6. Other ear deformities

What Are The Benefits Of Otoplasty Surgery?

Surgery on the external ears requires both artistry and expertise, as the ears are very visible and the procedure usually involves careful reconstruction of ear cartilage. For such procedures, it is best to seek a double board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Jacob Sedgh, who possesses extensive knowledge and almost a decade of experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery on the head and neck.

Patients who undergo this procedure can expect significant improvement on the appearance and function of the ear, as well as the following benefits:

  1. Improved ear contour and orientation
  2. More proportionate ears and earlobes
  3. Enhanced confidence and self-esteem
  4. Improved hearing

Proper communication is vital in attaining your surgery goals. Prior to the procedure, Dr. Sedgh will take the time get to know you, your motivations for undergoing the surgery, and your desired results. Aside from helping you feel more at ease under his care, this also allows him to ensure the success of the surgery and produce optimum results

Your first meeting will consist of:

  1. Interview about your medical history
  2. Thorough physical examination
  3. Explanation of the procedure and relevant surgical techniques
  4. Discussion on the best surgical treatment for your case

Dr. Sedgh also conducts consultations via video conferencing for the convenience of those who live outside Los Angeles or the US. Should you decide to undergo the procedure, his office can also assist you in making the necessary travel arrangements for the surgery, including transportation and lodging, as well as aftercare and other concierge services.

Types Of Ear Surgery

Ear pinning and general ear reconstruction are the most common methods used in otoplasty ear surgery. The former is mainly for protruding ears that stick out in an unflattering way, while the latter is used to address cosmetic problems with size or shape.

There are many different techniques used to accomplish ear pinning during otoplasty surgery. The surgical technique the physician chooses depends upon the amount of correction the patient’s ears require. The various methods of ear pinning and reshaping can be classified into two primary groups: cartilage sparing and cartilage scoring (cutting).

Cartilage scoring techniques involve creating incisions in the ear cartilage to add, remove, or rearrange tissue that will help fix the shape and position of the ears. Cartilage sparing techniques are more non-invasive as the doctor will simply use stitches on the back of the ear, which results in minimal scarring and more natural-looking results.

For reconstructive otoplasty, the surgeon may use cartilage grafts from the ribs and tissue from the upper buttock area to augment the ear into the patient’s desired appearance.

The entire surgery usually takes two hours or less, depending on the extent of the procedure.

Otoplasty Surgery Recovery

Otoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure, but some patients (particularly children) may be required to stay at the hospital overnight for more complex cases.

After the surgery, the head will be temporarily wrapped in a bandage. This is to protect the ears and keep them in place to ensure the integrity of the results.

Patients can expect minor discomfort (itching, swelling, and throbbing) around the area. To help manage these side effects, it is essential to follow all post-op instructions and take the prescribed medications. Adult patients should be able to return to their day-to-day activities within three days post-surgery, but children must avoid strenuous activities for at least one week.

The recovery period is critical to the overall success of the ear surgery, which is why Dr. Sedgh makes it a point to personally assess and monitor the patient’s postoperative progress through regularly scheduled follow-up appointments, starting from the first day post-surgery up to a year after.

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