Otoplasty (Ear Pinning)
Otoplasty can improve the shape or positioning of your ears. It also can reduce the size of your ears if they are large in proportion to your other features. If your ears protrude more than normal, otoplasty can reposition them closer to your head. Serving patients from San Jose, Mountain View, Los Altos, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, and nearby areas with world-class otoplasty, Dr. Samuel Pearl and his staff are proud to provide exceptional results and attentive care.
Ideal Ear Contouring Candidates
Ear surgery often is recommended for children as they near total ear development at age 5 or 6. Correction of the ears prior to the child entering school helps to eliminate potential psychological trauma from the teasing of classmates. Adolescents and adults may also have their ears reshaped. As long as you are in good health, there is no upper age limit for otoplasty.
- Large, protruding ears that detract from your overall appearance
- Asymmetrical ears
- Ears with congenital or acquired irregularities
- Psychological trauma sustained from constant teasing
Your Personal Consultation
A personal otoplasty consultation is the first step. During your consultation at our cosmetic surgery practice, located near Los Altos, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, and San Jose, Dr. Pearl will assess your physical and emotional health and discuss your specific cosmetic goals for otoplasty. You should arrive at the consultation prepared to provide complete information about:
- Previous surgeries
- Past and present medical conditions
- Treatments you have received
- Medications that you are taking, including nutritional supplements and herbal remedies
The Otoplasty Procedure
The supporting tissue of the ears, called cartilage, is reshaped in order to position your ears closer to your head. Many ears protrude and have a flattened appearance inside the rim of the ear. This usually is accomplished through incisions placed behind your ears. Subsequent scars will be concealed in the natural skin crease.
When otoplasty is completed, a large soft dressing resembling a soft helmet without the top is placed and left in position for 3-5 days. A tennis headband or elastic bandage is worn at night for several weeks after the dressing is removed. Your ears may feel 'numb' after otoplasty. This will improve over several months. It is unusual to require pain medication for more than several days.
Avoid straining, bending, contact sports and lifting during the early postoperative period. You may resume most of your normal activities within ten days or less.
Ear Contouring Results
Our patients have been very pleased with their 'new ears!' Although the healing may take some time, you can expect the end results of otoplasty to be worth the wait. Results are long lasting and usually exhibit significant improvement allowing patients to wear any hairstyle and go swimming (without a bathing cap!) with confidence. I have seen beautiful results in patients 60 years old as well as in kindergartners and high school students!
Many patients choose to undergo otoplasty along with rhinoplasty, face lift or other facial cosmetic procedures.
Schedule an Otoplasty Consultation with Dr. Samuel Pearl
We invite you to learn more about ear surgery by contacting our practice to schedule a consultation. Dr. Samuel Pearl has provided excellent otoplasty results to patients from throughout the Bay Area, including San Jose, Mountain View, Los Altos, Sunnyvale, and Palo Alto.