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Ear reduction surgery is one form of otoplasty. This type of procedure reduces the size of large, oversized ears giving them a more natural appearance.
At Peninsula Plastic Surgery, top LA plastic surgeon Dr. Rosso specializes in facial plastic procedures including otoplasty. He focuses his cosmetic surgery techniques on delivering the most natural-looking results with shorter recovery periods.
What type of ear surgery is right for me?
There are some people who have prominent or protruding ears who wish to also reduce the size of their ears. On the other hand, for those individuals who have ears that stick out, an ear pinning surgery may be more appropriate.
The medical term for oversized ears that aren’t in proportion to the head is Macrotia. People with macrotia have disproportionately large ears that may or may not protrude. Surgery for correcting macrotia only is called Ear Reduction Otoplasty.
What is an ear reduction otoplasty?
Reduction otoplasty resizes and reshapes ears rather than correcting the way ears protrude from the side of the head. The latter is called ear pinning. However, Dr. Rosso performs both procedures together or separately depending on each individual’s needs.
Ear Reduction plastic surgery cosmetically alters the ears by reducing the size of overly large ones. It also sculpts outsized earlobes. This procedure gives the patient a more natural-looking appearance, and so it boosts his or her confidence. Generally, ear reduction is done on an outpatient basis for both children and adults.
During the surgery, your Plastic Surgeon will remove unwanted cartilage and skin, and reshape the ear to create a smaller, more ordinary-looking size. This gives you a more balanced and symmetrical look. If you wish, as many do, you can get ear reduction surgery done along with ear pinning.
What is involved in ear reduction surgery?
The procedure begins with anesthesia to keep you comfortable during surgery. You will receive either local sedation or intravenous general anesthesia. Dr. Rosso will recommend the best choice after assessing your individual situation. Then, Dr. Rossso makes an incision behind the ear within the crease where the ear meets the head. Finally, he takes out or softens areas of cartilage and skin in order to accomplish the desired results.
In some instances, Dr. Rosso trims the cartilage, sculpting it into a more suitable profile. He then secures the cartilage back into place with internal, non-removable stitches.
What can be expected when undergoing ear surgery?
Surgery is slightly different for each person due to our unique characteristics. As a general overview, here is what you can expect during ear reduction surgery in LA:
- Usually, Plastic Surgeons perform ear reduction surgery using local anesthesia.
- Children typically get general anesthesia, which prevents unsafe movements.
- The procedure lasts 1-4 hours depending on the individual’s needs and whether or not the surgery also includes ear pinning. The average time is about two hours or less.
- You’ll see results instantly.
- A lightweight dressing is placed on the ears right after surgery and stays in place for one day.
- After one day, a tighter, headband-type bandage goes around the ears for about a week. This bandage supports the new shape of the ear during the initial days of healing.
- Downtime is approximately 10-14 days. Adults can typically return to work within an average of five to seven days.
- The Plastic Surgeon conceals all scars through an incision behind the ear.
Where can I find the best and most trusted ear reduction surgeon in LA?
At Peninsula Plastic Surgery, top LA plastic surgeon Dr. Rosso specializes in facial cosmetic procedures including ear reduction otoplasty. He performs all plastic surgery procedures with an emphasis on minimally invasive techniques that deliver the utmost in natural-looking results within short recovery times.
Typically, Dr. Rosso performs all otoplasty procedures at the Peninsula Plastic Surgery’s state-of-the-art, fully accredited, on-site surgery center. Here, patients receive outstanding care in a deluxe, private and comfortable setting. Our facility gives you premium access to the most innovative technologies, top anesthesiologists, and expert nurses, with the added privacy and convenience not found in a hospital environment.
Dr. Rosso’s facility is a truly unique center built around what’s best for your needs.
If you’re interested in cosmetic ear surgery such as ear reduction or pinning, schedule a free cosmetic consultation today calling 310-326-3636.
Find out what Dr. Rosso provides, and how he can help you make the best choice in obtaining natural-looking results. Take the first step in improving the appearance of your ears.