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Otoplasty – Ear Surgery

What is Otoplasty?

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 effectively reduce the appearance of ears that protrude too far from the head and improve aesthetic balance and harmony. As a top facial plastic surgeon in the Newport Beach area, Dr. Ali Sepehr can perform this commonly requested procedure to help you or your child achieve the desired results.

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

Am I a Candidate for Otoplasty?

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:

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 for your concerns.

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How is the Otoplasty Procedure Performed?

Ear pinning surgery is designed to bring better proportion to the ears and improve aesthetic balance. The best results make the ears appear 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.

Did You Know?

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

What is the Recovery Period from Otoplasty Like?

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 healed completely and can retain their new positioning.

How Much Does Otoplasty Cost?

The cost of ear pinning surgery can vary from patient to patient, depending on one’s unique needs and aesthetic goals. Recent statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery list the average surgical fee for otoplasty as roughly $3,100; however, this figure typically differs across geographic locations, with the fee also influenced by the expertise of a given plastic surgeon. Your true cost estimate will be determined by the extent of surgical work that needs to be done as well as the overall complexity of the procedure. Once your concerns are assessed in a consultation with Dr. Sepehr, our office can provide you with a personalized quote of your otoplasty expenses.

Dr. Sepehr works with leading healthcare lending company, CareCredit®, to give patients the option of paying for their surgery over time rather than in a lump sum. With an array of flexible payment plans to choose from, many of which include low- to no-interest options, this plastic surgery financing company can make it easier for qualified applicants to bring the cost of otoplasty into budget. To learn more about our accepted modes of payment, or if you have a question about the application process for CareCredit®, please reach out to our practice today.

What Will My Scars From Otoplasty Look Like?

Dr. Sepehr places all incisions behind the ear and works from this access point to reshape the cartilage as well as reposition the ears closer to the side of the head. This discreet incision placement can typically hide all post-operative scarring and allow any visible incision marks to be undetectable to outside observers. As the healing process continues, many patients notice that their scars fade to some degree and become even more inconspicuous.

Choosing the Best Otoplasty Surgeon For You

When considering any type of cosmetic enhancement, the process of selecting a well-qualified plastic surgeon to perform your treatment should be undertaken with the utmost care. While choosing the best person to achieve your aesthetic goals may seem intimidating, our team has provided a few tips that can help you learn whether a prospective surgeon is equipped to address your unique concerns:

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