Cosmetic ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure that can help improve the position, shape, and size of your ear to improve your self-confidence. This includes fixing a traumatic injury to the ear or a structural abnormality that may have been present since birth.
Otoplasty creates a more natural shape that brings greater proportion to the face and ears. As many of our patients have already found, correcting even a minor cosmetic concern with ear surgery in San Luis Obispo County can have profound benefits.
Otoplasty can significantly boost your self-confidence, refine your appearance, and repair any damages caused by earrings or other accessories. Dr. Chalekson, your skilled plastic surgeon, tailors each surgery to your aesthetic desires. If you have multiple concerns, such as protruding ears and large earlobes, combining ear pinning with earlobe reduction is an option.
Ideal candidates for this procedure are generally healthy and have well-managed chronic conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure. It’s important to have realistic expectations of the surgery and to be a non-smoker, as nicotine can heighten the risk of complications.
Preparation is key. Dr. Chalekson recommends cessation of smoking at least four weeks before and after the surgery. It’s also advised to avoid certain medications and supplements that may increase bleeding risks. We’ll discuss your current medications and any adjustments needed pre-surgery. Arranging for postoperative care, including help at home, is also crucial.
Performed under general anesthesia for maximum comfort, otoplasty usually takes a few hours. Depending on your specific needs, the procedure can involve earlobe reduction, repair, or ear pinning. Incisions are made discreetly, and Dr. Chalekson will discuss your goals reshape the ear to the desired and appropriate appearance.
Post-surgery, you’ll receive detailed instructions on bandage care, sleeping positions, and pain management. It’s crucial to follow these guidelines meticulously to ensure optimal healing and avoid the need for further surgery.
As the swelling subsides, the results of your ear surgery will become evident. Full results are typically seen after 1-2 months. During your pre-operative consultations, Dr. Chalekson will discuss your expectations and desired outcomes.
Incisions are strategically placed, often behind the ear or within its folds, to minimize visible scarring. The goal is to maintain the natural contours of your ear and avoid an overly pinned-back look.
If you’re considering ear surgery in San Luis Obispo County, reach out to us. We’re here to answer your questions and guide you through how cosmetic ear surgery can elevate your self-confidence and appearance.