About Cosmetic Ear Surgery
Ears that protrude outward, are misshapen and uneven, or look unnaturally big can negatively impact your self-confidence, especially when you're young. Otoplasty (ear reshaping) is a cosmetic surgery that recontours the size, position, and shape of the ears to produce a normal look. Dr. Timothy Katzen is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, CA who has helped many women, men, and children to overcome the embarrassment of showing their ears by undergoing this surgery. Regardless of the cosmetic issue, ear surgery at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills allows an individual to show their face from any angle with newfound confidence. If you or your child are concerned about the shape or size of the ears, schedule a consultation with Dr. Katzen to learn about your options for ear recontouring surgery.
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Ear reshaping surgery is a safe procedure that can be done on patients of all ages. In fact, it is incredibly common among young children. It's often suggested that children receive this surgery before they start elementary school. Around age 4 – 6, this operative procedure is safe to be performed on a child. If you feel embarrassment regarding the shape and size of your ears because they stick out or are too large, otoplasty can be considered to attain a natural-looking appearance. If you suffer from a torn, stretched, or damaged earlobe, you may also be a candidate for otoplasty.
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 the surgical procedure to ensure that they appear symmetrical. After surgery, the incisions are safely stitched together with sutures and wrapped so they are safeguarded for healing.
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. Katzen or a member of his team will send you home with recovery instructions. It is important to not rub, touch, or scratch the ears. You or your child also should avoid laying on the ears, and instead, you should sleep propped up for the first few days. We recommend ear surgery patients to return to our Beverly Hills, CA office within 3 – 5 days after their otoplasty. During this follow-up appointment, Dr. Katzen will remove your coverings and assess the ears for progress. Your more natural-looking ears will be visible almost immediately, and your results will continue to improve as the ears heal.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 performed on younger patients with long-lasting results. Dr. Katzen will examine the ears and then discuss realistic expectations and go over how long your results should last. Even as the face and body can 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 could be done.
How old should my child be to consider otoplasty?
Typically, children about 4 – 6 years of age are ideal candidates for otoplasty. While the ear is usually fully developed, the cartilage and tissue will still be soft, making it easy to change. This age is also good because it tends to be early on in their education. This means that your child can avoid teasing from their classmates. Although many otoplasty patients are young children, Dr. Katzen also frequently performs ear surgery for adults.
Do I need to have both ears done or just one?
The most common problems, including ears that are oversized or stick out, occur in both ears so both will often need to be addressed. During your surgery, Dr. Katzen 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 he develops your treatment plan, Dr. Katzen will let you know whether one or both ears will be addressed.
Reshape Your Ears
Having ears that are small, large, unusually placed, or oddly shaped can have a significant impact on your appearance. Otoplasty (ear surgery) can help your child avoid teasing at school, but it can also help adult patients who have always felt unhappy with the look of their ears. Contact J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. in Beverly Hills, CA to schedule your appointment with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Katzen and learn more about cosmetic ear reshaping surgery. We look forward to helping you achieve a look you can be proud of and the confidence to flaunt it.
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