The decision to have an otoplasty procedure (also referred to as an ear reshaping surgery or ear pinning) is a cosmetic procedure that is offered to adults and often children.
What is Ear Surgery?
Ear surgery, also known as ear pinning or otoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure to create a more aesthetic shape, size, and projection to the ear structure, in balance, and proportionate. The objective is to reposition the ears so that they are closer to the sides of the head. An otoplasty may involve pinning the ears back or reshaping or resizing the ear structure if they are uneven, oddly-shaped, or out of balance.
How Does Ear Surgery Work?
Every ear surgery is a custom-tailored procedure. If the ears are protruding from the head, the operation will involve an incision at the back of the ear to remove cartilage and reshape the ear structure, so the ears lie closer to the side of the head. The corrected ear position is secured with stitches. If the ears are misshapen, whether folded at the top or shell ear, the structure is reshaped, whether adding a fold or addressing the folded upper ear area to create a natural look.
Why Have Ear Surgery in Los Angeles?
Many people feel embarrassed because their ears stick out, or are too large, or uneven in shape or size. These ear shape problems have a significant impact on your feelings of self-confidence. Correcting your ear shape can help you lead a happier, more confident life. While the surgery is generally not complicated, the results can be transformative.
Benefits of Otoplasty
- Enhanced feelings of confidence and self-esteem
- A more attractive facial balance
- More proportionate ear size, shape, and projection
- No need to try to hide your ears
- Improved self-esteem
- For children, no more teasing or bullying
- The ears do not draw attention
Candidates For Otoplasty
Outer ear surgery, called ear shaping or ear pinning, can be performed on patients of all ages. Children can undergo this surgery by about age five or six, and it can be performed on adults of any age. Candidates have the following ear shape conditions:
- Ears that protrude from the head to the point of being a distraction.
- The ears are disproportionately large.
- The ears are uneven in size or shape.
- Primary ear surgery did not achieve a satisfactory result.
- The earlobes are overly large and need to be refined in shape.
- One or both ears have a shell-like shape due to lack of a natural fold.
- The upper ear is folded over.
Average Cost For Ear Surgery in Los Angeles
The cost of ear surgery can vary, based on the corrections needed. The price can range from about $3,500 to $8,600. Most health insurance plans do not cover ear surgery when it is for cosmetic enhancement, but it may be covered when performed to correct a congenital abnormality. If you have questions about insurance, our friendly administrative staff can assist you.
Ear Surgery For Children in Beverly Hills
Our Los Angeles otoplasty is an aesthetic procedure to reshape ear structure and does not affect hearing. Children can be cruel, teasing or bullying a child who has protruding or oddly-shaped ears. Parents may choose to help a child have greater confidence in life by correcting the ears at a young age.
Child otoplasty surgery has an advantage in that the ear cartilage is still pliable. For children, ear surgery is performed under a general anesthetic, so the child is free from fear or pain. Ear surgery on children does not take long and has a fast recovery time.
Ear Surgery For Adults
For adults, otoplasty can dramatically transform your appearance and create a more attractive facial look. Ear surgery can be life-changing for adults who have spent years trying to hide their ears from view! When performed on an adult, only local anesthesia is needed
Preparing For Ear Surgery
To undergo ear surgery, you need to prepare. Here are some helpful tips you should take before going:
- If you smoke, you must stop for several weeks before surgery.
- Lab testing is performed.
- Your medical history and any medications you take are reviewed.
- You must stop taking any blood-thinning supplements or medications.
- A detailed analysis of your ear or ears will be performed, including placement, shape, size, and symmetry.
Recovery After Ear Surgery in Beverly Hills
Recovery from ear surgery can take from two to six weeks. The recovery is not painful, but you may experience some discomfort and itching. You could have some swelling. You will have aftercare instructions and follow-up appointments with Dr. Lee.
You will need to sleep on your back, so no stress is placed on the stitches. You will wear a headband at night to keep your ears in place. Depending upon the procedure, the sutures may dissolve on their own. In some cases, the stitches are removed a few weeks after the surgery. The results can be seen immediately – and can be life-changing!
Why Choose Dr. Kimberly Lee?
Dr. Kimberly J. Lee is among the most talented facial plastic surgeons practicing in the Los Angeles area. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor serving at the Division of Head and Neck Surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and on staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Lee has achieved respect and acclaim in the field of facial plastic surgery and is one of the top female plastic surgeons practicing in Los Angeles. She uses the most advanced surgical techniques and genuinely cares for every patient she treats. If you wish to learn more, contact us today and schedule a consultation for arguably the best ear surgery Los Angeles has to offer.
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