All About Otoplasty

All About OtoplastyOtoplasty, commonly called “ear pinning,” is surgery to minimize the appearance of protruding or oversized ears. The procedure commonly improves patient self-esteem and Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery is known for performing minimally invasive otoplasty. Sometimes an incision-free otoplasty can be performed using a needle to reshape the ear, and in the case of a traditional otoplasty, any incisions that are made during the procedure are made behind the ear for optimal results and a hidden scar.

Dr. Azizzadeh performs otoplasty procedures on patients of all ages, starting as young as four years old. Oftentimes, protruding ears can greatly affect a young patient’s self-esteem and result in teasing in social situations. Dr. Azizzadeh has effectively treated protruding ears through otoplasty in countless children and loves nothing more than helping a child feel good about him/herself.

Otoplasty for One Ear

We most commonly think of otoplasty as a procedure that is performed on both ears, however, sometimes just one ear is oversized or protruding and needs correcting. If one ear is significantly larger or sticks out further than the other, an otoplasty on the troublesome ear can restore a symmetrical appearance.

It is important that you visit a highly qualified and experienced otoplastic surgeon when seeking an otoplasty on one ear to ensure that the underlying cause of the asymmetry is determined so the ear can be appropriately fixed. An expert facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon like Dr. Azizzadeh can determine the cause of asymmetrical ears, correct the troublesome ear according to the patient’s desires, and do so in a minimally invasive procedure with a short recovery period and little to no scarring.

Otoplasty for Both Ears

Most commonly, otoplasty is performed to correct the protrusion of both ears in children and adults alike. The procedure is performed in the office, and usually only requires local anesthesia. Dr. Azizzadeh makes a tiny incision behind the ears and reshapes and/or folds the ear cartilage to decrease the size of the ear, or make the ear lay closer to the patient’s head, depending on each individual case and the patient’s desired outcome.

The recovery following an otoplasty is relatively easy. You will just need to clean the incision site a couple of times a day and apply an antibiotic ointment regularly. The patient will need to wear a headband for one week following surgery and then only at night for several weeks after that.

Schedule an Otoplasty Consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh Today!

If you or your child is struggling with oversized and/or protruding ears and would like to learn more about otoplasty to improve self-confidence, contact Los Angeles otoplasty expert Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS today. Known around the world for his minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr. Azizzadeh is one of the best facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons in the field. Call his office at (310) 657-2203 today to schedule your initial consultation!