About Cosmetic Ear Surgery
Ears that protrude outward, are misshapen and uneven, or look unnaturally big can negatively impact your self-confidence, especially when young. Otoplasty (ear reshaping) is a cosmetic treatment that helps to recontour the size, position, and shape of the ears to create a more proportionate look. Dr. Karen Leong is a plastic surgeon who has assisted countless women, men, and children with this plastic surgery at her Newport Beach, CA facilities. Regardless of the cosmetic issue, ear surgery allows an individual to show their face from any angle with a newfound confidence. If you or your child are concerned about the shape or size of the ears, make a consultation with Dr. Leong to find out about your options for ear reshaping surgery. We also offer surgical repairs for torn earlobes. Just give us a call, and we will see what Dr. Leong can provide you in mending your lovely lobes.
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Ear reshaping surgery can be done on patients of all ages; however, it is often most common among young children and is suggested before the start of elementary school. By age six, this treatment is safe to be performed on a child.
Patients who feel embarrassed by the shape and size of the ears because they stick out or are too large, otoplasty may be a great option. Torn, stretched, or damaged earlobes also make patients excellent candidates for surgical repairs.
Ear reshaping surgery is completed using anesthesia, either general or IV sedation. Most often, the incision is made around the back portion of the ear or inside the inner folds. During surgery, cartilage will be manipulated to create a new contour and natural-looking appearance. It's generally common for both ears to be altered during surgery to ensure they look and appear symmetrical. After the procedure, the incisions are safely stitched together with sutures and wrapped so they are safeguarded for healing. Torn earlobe repairs are also customized for the patient's needs.
What to Expect
Once the procedure is finished and it is safe to leave the outpatient surgery center, you will heal and rest at home. Dr. Leong or a member of her team will send you home with recovery instructions. It is important to not touch the ears. Also, you or your child should avoid laying on the ears, instead sleeping propped up for the first few days. Dr. Leong recommends seeing her ear surgery patients back within 3 – 5 days — during this follow-up appointment, Dr. Leong will take off the coverings and check your or your child's surgical areas. The results will continue to look better as the ears heal.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does ear surgery cost?
Costs for ear surgery will depend on what is being performed (ear shaping, pinning, earlobe repair, or a combination). After Dr. Leong has listened to your concerns and goals, she can create your surgical plan and estimate costs. Once the plan is established, you can focus on getting the results you need instead of costs.
Will the results of ear surgery last?
Normally, the ears mature faster than other parts of the face and body, which is why an otoplasty can be done on younger patients with long-lasting results. Dr. Leong will examine the ears and then talk about realistic expectations about how long the results may last. Even as the face and body change due to age and gravity, the effect on the ears is usually minimal. If there are dramatic changes to the ears due to an injury, a second otoplasty may need to be performed.
How old should my child be to consider otoplasty?
Typically, children about 5 – 6 years of age are ideal candidates for otoplasty. While the ear is usually fully developed, by this age the cartilage and tissue will still be soft, making it easy to change. This age is also good as it is before they start school or early in their education, so they can avoid teasing from their classmates. Although many otoplasty patients are young children, Dr. Leong also performs ear surgery on adults.
Do I need to have both ears done just one?
The most common ear problems, including ears that are oversized or stick out, occur in both ears, so both will need to be fixed. During the surgery, Dr. Leong will shape both ears so they are as equal as possible. However, if only one ear needs to be changed, the size and shape will be altered to match the other ear. When she develops your treatment plan, Dr. Leong will let you know whether or not both ears will be addressed.
What about fixing stretched or torn earlobes?
The popularity of ear gauges and big earrings have made earlobe repair a popular surgery with Dr. Leong. If you are interested in having earlobe repair or reconstruction, schedule a consultation with Dr. Leong. She will examine the damage and explain what might be done to restore your earlobes.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $3,500
- Recovery Time
- 2 – 4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 – 3 Months
- Procedure Recovery Location
Reshape Your Ears
While the ears are small, an unusual size, shape, or position can make a significant difference in one's appearance. Otoplasty (ear surgery) can help your child avoid teasing at school, or help you if you have always felt unhappy with your ears. Contact Dr. Leong in Newport Beach, CA to schedule your appointment with her and learn more about cosmetic ear surgery. We look forward to helping you gain a look you can be proud of and the confidence that accompanies it.