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Introduction to Otoplasty
Otoplasty is a surgical procedure to pin back the protruding or prominent ear that sticks out.  If you or your friend are considering cosmetic surgery of the ear or if you are only interested in more information about the procedure, please call us at (714) 500-0050 for a risk free, complimentary consultation with Dr. Luu Doan.  You can also email us by clicking here to schedule a consultation or to get answers to any of your questions regarding the procedure.   

Otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure to pin back the protruding ear that is socially embarrassing, especially in the teenage years and early adulthood.  Women often wear their hair long to cover their ears.  They would like to wear their hair up at special events or cut their hair short in the summer but are too embarrassed in fear of showing their protruding ears.  Otoplasty is a surgical solution to the problem of prominent ears by pinning back the ears as shown below.
BEFORE - AFTER
Otoplasty also recreates the normal anatomic features of the ear which are normally missing when the ear protrudes abnormally.  As shown below, the normal creases of the ear disappear when the ear protrudes.  With the ear pinning procedure, the normal cartilage creases are recreated.
BEFORE - AFTER
Before and After
Patient #1: This is a 25 y.o. male who has always been self-conscious about his ears protruding out.  It didn’t bother him much in high school because he liked to wear his hair long which covered his ears, although his buddies still teased him about it occasionally.  Since graduating from college, he has been more bothered by his protruding ears because he feels young ladies notice his ears and are turned off by them.  He underwent otoplasty to set back his ears.  He now loves the tighter position of his ears and feels tremendous confidence in social settings.
Patient #1: This is a 25 y.o. male who has always been self-conscious about his ears protruding out.  It didn’t bother him much in high school because he liked to wear his hair long which covered his ears, although his buddies still teased him about it occasionally.  Since graduating from college, he has been more bothered by his protruding ears because he feels young ladies notice his ears and are turned off by them.  He underwent otoplasty to set back his ears.  He now loves the tighter position of his ears and feels tremendous confidence in social settings.
Patient #1: This is a 25 y.o. male who has always been self-conscious about his ears protruding out.  It didn’t bother him much in high school because he liked to wear his hair long which covered his ears, although his buddies still teased him about it occasionally.  Since graduating from college, he has been more bothered by his protruding ears because he feels young ladies notice his ears and are turned off by them.  He underwent otoplasty to set back his ears.  He now loves the tighter position of his ears and feels tremendous confidence in social settings.
Patient #2: This is a 27 y.o. female who has always been bothered by the protuberance of her ears.  It bothers her most in the spring and summer when the weather warms up and she likes to wear her hair up.  She underwent otoplasty to set her ears back.  Her self-esteem has been elevated and she now wears her hair up to go out to dinner and to parties.
Patient #2: This is a 27 y.o. female who has always been bothered by the protuberance of her ears.  It bothers her most in the spring and summer when the weather warms up and she likes to wear her hair up.  She underwent otoplasty to set her ears back.  Her self-esteem has been elevated and she now wears her hair up to go out to dinner and to parties.
Patient #2: This is a 27 y.o. female who has always been bothered by the protuberance of her ears.  It bothers her most in the spring and summer when the weather warms up and she likes to wear her hair up.  She underwent otoplasty to set her ears back.  Her self-esteem has been elevated and she now wears her hair up to go out to dinner and to parties.
Patient #3: This is a 29 y.o. female who works as an executive assistant for a major law firm and routinely wears her hair up to look more professional.  She is uncomfortable with the protuberance of her ears and thinks about it every time she looks in the mirror.  She underwent otoplasty to set her ears back.  After all the swelling had resolved, she began wearing her hair up again at work.   She now feels great about herself.
Patient #3: This is a 29 y.o. female who works as an executive assistant for a major law firm and routinely wears her hair up to look more professional.  She is uncomfortable with the protuberance of her ears and thinks about it every time she looks in the mirror.  She underwent otoplasty to set her ears back.  After all the swelling had resolved, she began wearing her hair up again at work.   She now feels great about herself.
Patient #3: This is a 29 y.o. female who works as an executive assistant for a major law firm and routinely wears her hair up to look more professional.  She is uncomfortable with the protuberance of her ears and thinks about it every time she looks in the mirror.  She underwent otoplasty to set her ears back.  After all the swelling had resolved, she began wearing her hair up again at work.   She now feels great about herself.
The Otoplasty Surgery
The Otoplasty surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia in our medicare-accredited, state-of-the-art Newport Coast Surgical Center.  The operation takes approximately 2 hours to perform.  The patient is monitored by an anesthesiologist throughout the procedure.   The operation begins with an incision in the back of the ear as shown below.  A crescent of loose skin in the back of the ear is excised.
The skin of the ear is dissected off the cartilage.  Stitches are then used to fold the cartilage onto itself to recreate the normal anatomic creases of the ear.  Stitches are also used to pull the ear cartilage against the scalp to pin it back.  The skin incision is then closed with stitches.  A head band is used to compress the ear against the scalp during the healing process.
The Recovery From Otoplasty Surgery
Recovery from Otoplasty is remarkably less painful than one might expect.  A fluffy gauze pressure dressing is removed after the first day and replaced by an elastic Velcro strap.  You may shower after the first day. After one week of wearing the elastic wrap continuously, a sweat band should be worn at night only to protect the ears for the next 6 weeks. Normal non-strenuous activity may be resumed two days after surgery. The patient should refrain from sleeping on their side for 4 weeks. Routine exercise may begin at the end of the fourth post-operative week. Contact sports may be restarted at the end of the sixth post-operative week.

It is normal for the ears to feel numb for 2 to 3 months after the operation. The sensation returns slowly over that time.  There is generally no pain in the post-operative period, just minor discomfort. The swelling lasts for about 3 months.  It will take about two months before you begin to see the normal anatomic details of the ear created by the bending of the cartilage.   You will be prescribed medication for pain and nausea. 

You will also be given antibiotics to prevent infection.  Most patients can return to work by one week after surgery.  By 3 months after surgery, most patients are highly satisfied with their results.  Doctor Doan and his staff will guide you through the entire recovery period to make sure that it is as smooth as possible.
Complications of Otoplasty Surgery
If you are a healthy candidate with no pre-existing disorders or diseases which may inhibit healing, the general risks for Otoplasty surgery are very low. However, since it is indeed surgery, there are inherent risks you must consider before choosing to undergo a procedure such as this.  Potential complications associated with Otoplasty surgery may include the following:
  • Bleeding:  This is called a subchondral hematoma and would need to be drained with a needle to prevent damage to the cartilage in the future.
  • Infection:  This is a rare complication which usually resolves with antibiotics.
  • Asymmetry:  On rare occasions, one ear my still protrude more than the other ear.  This would require a revision procedure to pin the ear back further.
  • Keloid Scars:  The     scar on the back of the ear may thicken, darken, or become raised.  This can be treated with steroid     injection to help soften, flatten, and lighten the scar.
  • Recurrence:  Over     years to decades, the tissues behind the ear may stretch and cause it to     become more protuberant.  This may     eventually require a revision procedure.
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