Ear surgery, 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 has been self-conscious of their ears, who has endured a serious ear injury, or who simply wants to improve their overall appearance.
At South Coast Plastic Surgery, Dr. Song has extensive experience and expertise correcting large and protruding ears, lop ears, cupped ears, shell ears, and earlobes that have been stretched, torn or gauged. By using a variety of techniques, our surgeon will create a natural shape and position for the ear, helping you achieve the look that you desire.
It is important to note that otoplasty can only be performed on a patient who is over the age of 5 (this is when the ear is approximately 85% of adult size).
If you are interested in learning more about this procedure, please contact South Coast Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Song.
Most otoplasty procedures are performed under “twilight” anesthesia, while the procedures to repair earlobes may be done in the office under local anesthesia alone.
Patients usually feel back to normal after a few hours, though they may experience a dull ache or throb in the ears for a few days. Prescription medication will be made available to help alleviate any discomfort.
After surgery for prominent ears, a head wrap must be worn for four to five days to protect the ears from external trauma during the critical healing period. After the wrap is removed, the patient will wear a band at night for the following two weeks. Patients 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.