Otoplasty San Francisco
Otoplasty, also known as ear reshaping surgery, is a procedure to change the shape, position, or size of the ears. It is a very reliable procedure with an extremely high rate of patient satisfaction. Otoplasty is a good choice for someone who is bothered by how far their ears stick out from their head. It is also very good for patients with ears that are large in proportion to their head. A prominent ear shape is something that is noticeable from birth. Given the high chance of school-age children being teased and ridiculed by their classmates, it is very acceptable for a child or teenager to undergo otoplasty. One might also consider otoplasty if their ear has been misshapen by an injury.
Otoplasty does not change the location of your ears or your ability to hear.
Am I a candidate for otoplasty?
Otoplasty can be performed at any age after the ears have reached their adult size— usually any time after the age of six.
If you or your child is interested in a facial analysis and an assessment of your candidacy for otoplasty, we invite you to our office for a consultation with Dr. Chiu-Collins. She will formulate a plan that is unique to only you, and take the time to help you understand the issues, rationale, pros/cons, and expected recovery.
Otoplasty or Ear Reshaping Surgery
Otoplasty surgery lasts 1-2 hours for both ears. It is very well tolerated under local anesthesia. For children, we usually recommend IV sedation, or general anesthesia. A small incision is made behind the ear and usually completely undetectable after surgery.
Recovery from Otoplasty or Ear Reshaping Surgery
The first 2 days are typically spent with the patient taking it easy at home. Local bruising and swelling are minimal and may last for a few days. Most patients can return to work within a few days. Soreness and swelling may be worse in the morning, and are significantly reduced by sleeping with the head of bed elevated on extra pillows. Pain relievers help with post-operative soreness.
Always A Team Approach
When you come in for your consultation, Dr. Chiu-Collins will walk you through every step of the process, from education and facial analysis, to pretreatment instructions, the treatment itself, and what to expect afterwards.