Your PROFILES Beverly Hills Otoplasty
At PROFILES, we have extensive knowledge in Otoplasty (‘ear shaping/ear pinning’). In fact, we have recently completed the definitive textbook on the subject, “Aesthetic Otoplasty“. Otoplasty is a surgical procedure which can reduce the size of large ears or set prominent ears back closer to the head. Otoplasty is often performed on children to spare them the teasing and ridicule associated with large or protruding ears, however, we are seeing more and more adults who are interested in this procedure. In children, the surgery can be performed once the ears have reached their full size, which tends to occur around five or six years of age. Because self-consciousness can result from even mildly distorted ears, it’s generally believed that the earlier that Otoplasty ear surgery is performed, the better.
Otoplasty (‘ear shaping/ear pinning’) is frequently performed on adults and there are generally no additional risks when doing so. Adults often decide to undergo Otoplasty along with other facial plastic surgery procedures.
Are You or Your Child a PROFILES Beverly Hills Otoplasty (‘ear shaping/ear pinning’) Candidate?
At PROFILES, Drs. Litner and Solieman specialize in creating naturally set- back ears. During your complimentary Otoplasty consultation, we can help you to decide whether ear reshaping surgery is the best option for you or your child, both aesthetically as well as physically and psychologically.
We can also give you a very good sense of what the ear pinning surgery will accomplish. If you are thinking of Otoplasty for your child, we advise you to be attentive to his/her feelings about his/her ears and not insist on the surgery until your child is ready for a change. Children who dislike their ears and want the ear reshaping surgery are typically happier with the results and more cooperative during the process than those who are motivated solely by their parents’ wishes.
There are two main reasons why it is beneficial to perform Otoplasty surgery at a young age: children can benefit psychologically from the cosmetic improvement, and the cartilage is very pliable and allows for easier shaping. If you are considering Otoplasty for yourself, it’s important to understand that fully developed ears have firmer cartilage which makes surgery slightly more involved. However, adult Otoplasty can be performed under local anesthesia and produce remarkable results with very little downtime. It’s also important to note that Otoplasty does not impact hearing at all.
Our Profiles Beverly Hills Surgery Center
All of our outpatient procedures including Otoplasty (‘ear shaping/ear pinning’) surgery are performed in our state of the art, fully accredited, office-based surgical facility – the PROFILES Surgery Center – convenient to the Beverly Hills and Los Angeles areas.
Anesthesia for Otoplasty Surgery
Here at PROFILES Beverly Hills, we utilize only board certified anesthesiologists for all our surgeries. Dr. Solieman and Dr. Litner usually recommend that young patients receive general anesthesia while older children and adults may receive a combination of local anesthesia and mild sedation. The anesthesiologist will meet with you prior to the procedure to address any questions or concerns you or your child may have.
Your PROFILES Beverly Hills Otoplasty Surgery
Ear surgery takes typically 40 to 45 minutes per ear. The particular ear problem will determine the exact technique used. One of the more common techniques involves a small incision which is made in the back of the ear. Once the ear cartilage is exposed, it is then sculpted and bent back toward the head.
The new ear shape may be maintained with the help of non-removable stitches. It is rarely necessary to remove a piece of cartilage to allow the ear to sit closer to the head. A technique commonly performed by Drs. Litner and Solieman at PROFILES Beverly Hills requires that a similar incision be made behind the ear, after which skin is removed and the cartilage is folded back on itself with stitches, thus reshaping the ear without removing cartilage. Surgery is often performed on both ears even when only one ear protrudes so that the best balance can be achieved.
After Your Otoplasty Surgery
Within just a few hours of Otoplasty surgery, most patients are up and about. To promote the best molding and healing, a bandage is wrapped around the head immediately after surgery. This is replaced by a lighter, headband-like dressing the day after surgery.
Patients may experience some throbbing or aching of the ears during the first few days, and medication is prescribed to relieve this. Bruising and swelling are typically minimal.
Absorbable sutures are utilized on skin incisions in order to minimize any postoperative discomfort. Adult patients are usually able to return to work within two to three days after surgery or sooner, while children can usually return to school in about five days. Care will need to be taken on the playground and it can be a good idea to ask your child’s teacher to keep an eye on him/her for the first few weeks.
If you are in the Beverly Hills or Los Angeles area and are considering Otoplasty (‘ear shaping/ear pinning’) for yourself or your child, we invite you to call us for an appointment to see if this rewarding procedure is right for you.