Ali Sepehr, MD, Facial Plastic Surgeon

Otoplasty – Ear Surgery

Whether you are a child or an adult, the appearance of prominent ears can make you feel very self-conscious about the way you look and have a negative impact on your self-esteem. Otoplasty, or ear pinning surgery, is a procedure that can effective reduce the appearance of ears that protrude too far from the head, and improve aesthetic harmony and balance. As one of the top facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Ali Sepehr can perform this commonly requested procedure and help you or your child achieve the desired results.

Please contact Dr. Sepehr to schedule a consultation for otoplasty (ear surgery) at The OC Center for Facial Plastic Surgery.

Ear pinning surgery can be performed at any age after the ears have reached full size, usually around five to eight years of age.

Otoplasty Candidates

Otoplasty is often performed in children or adolescents; however, the procedure is also very effective in older patients who would like to improve the appearance of their ears after what may have been a lifetime of self-consciousness. Candidates for ear surgery include:

  • Adults who would like to reduce the appearance of prominent ears
  • Children whose ear cartilage has reached at least 75% maturation (usually between five and eight years old
  • Patients who suffer from lack of self-confidence to the appearance of prominent ears

Dr. Ali Sepehr will meet with you or you and your child for an initial consultation to discuss candidacy requirements and all aspects of otoplasty. He will answer all of your questions and help determine if this surgical procedure is the best option.

Otoplasty Procedure

Otoplasty, or ear pinning surgery, is designed to bring better proportion to the ears and improve aesthetic balance. The best results make the ears appear smaller and bring them closer to the sides of the head. Dr. Sepehr will make a small, hidden incision behind each ear and resculpt the cartilage, moving it closer to the head. The procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia, and usually takes about one to two hours to complete. Otoplasty can be performed as an outpatient.

Otoplasty Recovery

There will be some bruising and swelling after ear surgery, and a dressing will need to be worn for a few days after the procedure. You will also be fitted for a soft headband to protect the ears during sleep and help aid in the recovery process. Most patients can resume normal daily routines after about one week; however, it’s important that the ears are protected from harm for several weeks after surgery to ensure they have heal completely and retain the new position.

If you would like more information on otoplasty and ear surgery procedures, please contact The OC Center for Facial Plastic Surgery.