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Ear surgery in Irvine, also known as otoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure to enhance the appearance of a person’s ears. Though otoplasty does not impact hearing, it can provide profound psychological and emotional benefits to anyone who is self-conscious about ear appearance, who has endured a severe ear injury, or who simply wants to improve their overall appearance.

Ear surgery candidates

If you feel embarrassed by the appearance of your ears, our custom ear surgery can be life-changing. Candidates for the surgery have one or more of the following aesthetic problems, and are safe to undergo minor surgery:

  • Protruding ears
  • Overly large ears
  • Overly large earlobes
  • Shell-shaped ears
  • Ear shape injured by trauma
  • Constricted ears (lop ears, with upper rim folded over)
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Ear Surgery Before & After

Cosmetic ear surgery in Irvine and Ladera Ranch

At South Coast Plastic Surgery, Dr. Ali has extensive experience and significant expertise in the surgical correction of large and protruding ears, lop ears, cupped ears, shell ears, and earlobes that have been stretched, torn, or gauged. With a variety of techniques, our surgeon will create a natural shape and position for the ear, helping you achieve the look you desire.

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What is the procedure?

Ear surgery in Ladera Ranch is a custom procedure, as every individual is unique. Most ear surgeries are performed for aesthetic reasons. In cases of protruding ears, the area is numbed with local anesthesia, and then incisions are placed behind the ears. A section of tissue is then removed, and the incisions are closed with sutures. The difference in your overall facial appearance is often subtle, but dramatic.

You will be free to wear your hair back, and never have to worry that your ears are drawing the attention of others. They will nicely frame your face and appear entirely natural. Most ear surgeries take between one to two hours to complete, based on the extent of correction needed and the complexity of the operation.

How much does otoplasty cost?

Factors that affect the overall pricing for otoplasty include the surgeon’s fees, facility fees, anesthesia fees, and postoperative garment fees, among others. Our team will personalize your quote at the time of your private consultation after creating a detailed treatment plan with your specific goals in mind.

When otoplasty is performed for cosmetic purposes, it is not typically covered by insurance. If a medical condition is present, however, the insurance carrier may cover a portion or all of the costs. It is always worth it to check and see. We can help you apply for financing if needed.

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Dr. Ali, your ear surgeon

Ear reshaping surgery is a delicate procedure that must be performed with exceptional skill so the result is even, balanced, and the ears set beautifully against the head. Dr. Ali is a fellowship-trained surgeon and Harvard graduate, with a reputation as being among the most accomplished ear surgeons in the Irvine area. His meticulous attention to detail, advanced techniques, and dedication to excellence has led to his reputation as being the most talented ear surgeons in greater Orange County and beyond.

Correcting prominent ears

After surgery for prominent ears, a head wrap must be worn for four to five days to protect your newly-reshaped ears from external trauma during the critical healing period. After the head wrap is removed, you will wear a band to keep your ears protected at night for two weeks. You can resume strenuous physical activity in six weeks. After earlobe repair surgery, patients will not need to wear a head wrap, though they should avoid any contact sports for about six weeks.

Why choose South Coast Plastic Surgery?

At South Coast Plastic Surgery in Irvine and Ladera Ranch, your ear correction surgery will be performed by one of the most talented, aesthetic plastic surgeons practicing in the Irvine area. Dr. Ali performs every surgery with meticulous care, with the goal of creating the most aesthetic outcome. His skills are extraordinary, and he is experienced in the correction of the most challenging ear structure problems. 

Your surgery will be performed on an outpatient basis in a private environment, under the care of top-level medical professionals. We genuinely care about every person we treat, and you will feel the difference in our approach from the moment you walk through our doors. Rather than a cold, clinical atmosphere, we offer compassion, warmth, and personal care at every step of the process.

Are you considering undergoing ear surgery? We invite you to meet with us in a private consultation. To schedule an appointment, please fill out the form on this page or call. South Coast Plastic Surgery serves Irvine, CA, Ladera Ranch, CA, and the surrounding communities in Orange County.

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Can children have ear surgery?

It is important to note that otoplasty can only be performed on a child age five or older, as this is when the ear is approximately 85% of the adult size. If you are interested in learning more about this procedure, please contact South Coast Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali.

What anesthesia is used?

Most otoplasty procedures are performed under “twilight” anesthesia, which is intravenous sedation and local anesthesia. Surgery to repair earlobes can be performed in our office under local anesthesia alone.

What will my recovery from ear surgery entail?

You should feel back to normal after a few hours, although you may feel a dull ache or throb in the ears for a few days. Prescription medication can help alleviate any discomfort during the first few days.

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