Your ears should compliment your face, rather than draw attention. However, some people live with protruding or disfigured ears that cause self-consciousness and embarrassment. Dr. Kevin Sadati believes that no one should have to live in embarrassment of appearance. That is why Dr. Sadati offers Orange County area patients the option of undergoing otoplasty — a reconstructive ear surgery designed to help your ears enhance, rather than detract from your look.
What is Otoplasty?An otoplasty is a surgical reshaping of the outer ears. The procedure may be performed to replace missing folds in the ear, reduce excess cartilage, reposition the ears to a more desirable position or cosmetically alter the appearance of the ear’s shape. The type of otoplasty performed depends on the reason for the procedure. However, almost all procedures have the same preparatory and recovery processes.
Otoplasty DetailsWhen undergoing an otoplasty, patients are comfortably anesthetized prior to the procedure. Dr. Sadati may then use a number of techniques to reshape or reposition the ears to be more proportionate with the face. This may include suturing the ears closer to the head using discreet, undetectable incisions behind the ear, or even removing and remodeling small amounts of cartilage in and around the ears. It is important to remember, however, that otoplasty is different for every patient, as there are varying underlying causes of ear protrusion and dis-figuration.
Procedure Time and RecoveryTypically, an entire otoplasty procedure takes no more than one to two hours from start to finish, and patients are usually able to go home the night after the operation. The ears are secured to the head using a compression band to keep them in place during the healing process. The recovery period is usually just over a week long, during which time and temporarily after patients are advised to avoid moderate to intense physical activity, as well as apparel and activities that pose a threat to the ears.
Otoplasty is appropriate for adults and children over the age of four. If protruding ears are obvious during childhood, earlier treatment is usually recommended to parents who want to help their children avoid ridicule or embarrassment from peers. If you or someone you know in the Newport Beach area could benefit from an otoplasty procedure, contact the office of Dr. Kevin Sadati to schedule a complete consultation.