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Category: Ear Surgery

Benefits of Otoplasty

Your facial features are usually the first things people notice when you introduce yourself to them. While some people may be insecure about visible signs of aging and try to hide them with makeup or cosmetic treatments, many individuals feel embarrassed about the appearance of their ears. Sometimes, the ears can appear poorly shaped or have bothersome structural defects due to congenital conditions. Ear deformities can also result from damage or injury. Whether you struggle with large, protruding, or misshapen ears, otoplasty (ear surgery) can help. This procedure addresses any ear abnormalities to provide you with symmetrical, attractively shaped ears that complement your facial structure.

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Ear Surgery Can Create…

Smaller, Flatter Ears

Patients may undergo otoplasty for several reasons. One of the most common reasons is to minimize the size or protrusion of their large ears. Oversized ears often cause embarrassment and ridicule, especially for young children. Otoplasty can address overly large and protruding ears by making them smaller and positioning them closer to the head.

Improved Facial Symmetry

Disproportionate facial features such as the ears can become a focal point and cause the face to appear unbalanced. Otoplasty can improve facial harmony by manipulating the ear cartilage so that your ears look natural and attractive. Your results will enhance your overall facial aesthetic and attract more attention to your eyes, smile, and face as a whole.

A Natural Appearance

Congenital deformities (such as lop ear or shell ear), as well as irregularities caused by blunt trauma, can be a source of embarrassment. Patients who wear heavy earrings or other ear accessories can also experience irreparable stretching of the earlobe tissue. Overstretching or damage to the ears can leave them looking unnatural, which can become a distraction from your other facial features or draw unwanted stares from people. Ear surgery can improve the appearance of misshapen ears by restoring them to a natural-looking state.

The Ear Surgery Procedure

During otoplasty, an incision is created in the back of the ears, and excess cartilage is removed. Once the ears have been repositioned, the incision is closed with removable sutures, and a surgical headdress is placed around the treated area. By improving the size, shape, and protrusion of the ears, you can feel more comfortable and confident about your new appearance.

Visit our otoplasty photo gallery to see before and after photos of some of Dr. Wald’s ear surgery patients.

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Ear Surgery in Orange County

Ear Pinning (Otoplasty)

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How frequently do you hear from your child that other kids call them “Dumbo” because their ears are very protruding? Occasionally, we are born with projecting ears that cause social embarrassment and a lack of self confidence. There is usually no other congenital anomalies associated with this condition.

Unfortunately, there are no medicines to correct this problem. The surgery, otoplasty, is required to pin the ears back and can be performed on kids and adults. As a ear surgeon specialist, I have corrected hundreds of these prominent ears. This surgery corrects the problem and allows the individual to live with normal appearing ears. Patients are extremely pleased with this minor surgical procedure.

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Robert M. Wald, Jr., MD

The Aesthetic Institute

Otoplasty or Ear Surgery

It is quite common for people to be born with congenital deformities of the ears. One of the most common birth deformities that we are born with are prominent ears. This gives the appearance of a Dumbo like appearance with marked protrusion of the ears from the side of the head. It is not uncommon for children to be teased because of these prominent ears. Women who continue to have these prominent ears cover their ears not commonly with their long hair and are very hesitant to wear their hair up. 

In order to correct this problem, surgery is required. In this procedure, incisions are made behind the ear and the excess cartilage is either removed or bent backwards. The scar is essentially invisible. The surgery is approximately 1 1/2 hours and the person needs to know that there will be bruising and swelling of the ears for 2-3 weeks. The patient must wear sterile protection of the ears for on week. It is generally recommended that the individual take one week off work.

Patients are extremely pleased with the results of this procedure. The woman is able to wear her hair up and the male individual is not self-conscious about these very prominent ears.

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