Common Steps in Ear Reshaping / Otoplasty

Otoplasty is the surgery to reshape your ears. Ears that stick out, are too big, or have an undesirable shape can be transformed with this straightforward procedure performed. 

What to expect: 

During your consultation Dr. Nassif and Dr. Yoo will explain to you where the incisions will be placed, and how the shape of the ear will be changed. They may use photoimaging to clarify what you may expect from surgery. They will explain in detail what you can expect before, during and after surgery and will help you address any questions or concerns you may have. 

The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia, meaning you will be completely asleep during the surgery. For adult patients, the procedure is also very well tolerated awake with local anesthesia, for those patients who prefer it. We choose only the very best board-certified anesthesiologists from Cedars-Sinai to perform anesthesia for our patients, and they are able to give a very light anesthesia which keeps patients completely comfortable while virtually eliminating “grogginess” after surgery. Patients return home the same day after recovering from anesthesia. 

A small incision is made in the crease behind the ear. This placement ensures the incision is hidden from view once hidden. The cartilage of the ear is then reshaped with permanent sutures. These sutures precisely alter the position and shape of the cartilage. At times the cartilage may be scored or small portions removed to achieve the desired shape. Sutures will remain in place along the incision behind the ear for a week, at which time they will be removed. For the first night a compressive head dressing is placed around the ear. This dressing is replaced with an elastic headband the next day during your first post-operative visit, which you will wear for the following week. When you return 1 week after surgery the sutures will be removed, and the headband will only have to be worn at night for an additional 2 weeks. 

The ear does swell during the first week after surgery, but quickly returns to its normal appearance. Once the sutures behind the ear are removed, a small, well-hidden incision remains behind a more attractive appearing ear.

Considering an otoplasty procedure?

Call 310-773-9788 and schedule your consultation with Dr. Nassif or Dr. Yoo at Spalding Drive Plastic Surgery.


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