Having oversized ears can be a cause for great anxiety and stress, especially for young children. Those who lack sensitivity may taunt and add to the problem, leaving the individual feeling down and out of place.
But there is a solution that can address the issue and restore confidence. The Plastic Surgery Institute offers Otoplasty in Beverly Hills to those seeking to address the aesthetics of their ears. Patients who feel that the ears protrude excessively, are too large, or are otherwise distorted should speak with Beverly Hills otoplasty specialists Dr. Ordon or Dr. Chopra. Otoplasty is designed specifically to sculpt the ears to address aesthetic concerns.
Otoplasty is also referred to as ear reshaping or ear-pinning. Because the ears are one of the body's first features to reach their final physical size and position, it is not uncommon for young patients who face insecurity over their ears or emotional trauma at school to undergo Otoplasty.
Otoplasty is a safe and effective procedure even in children as young as five or six years of age. Many of the best otoplasty surgeons are located in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. Patients report that Otoplasty performed at a young age may provide better results than older patients. Otoplasty can also be safely performed in adults and remains a very safe procedure in adult patients. Because it is milder than many other forms of cosmetic surgery, adult patients often choose to have Otoplasty performed in conjunction with other facial cosmetic surgeries. The procedure can take place without drastically compromising safety or results.
The first step when considering Otoplasty is to schedule a consultation. During this initial meeting, our doctors will discuss your medical history, including current medications or health conditions you may be dealing with. Our doctor will perform a physical examination of your ears, to determine your best options. Expectations are also discussed so that you are fully informed as you make your decision.
An otoplasty involves first determining what issues a patient wants to address. One of the most common reasons for an otoplasty is to reduce the angle at which the ears extend from the head. This procedure is commonly known as ear pinning. Ear surgery involves first making small incisions behind each ear. Sutures are often used to create antihelical folds, which set the ears back.
For patients who wish to decrease the ear's size, the skin is open through incisions carefully located at points behind the ear that are easily concealed, although scarring is usually minimal. From here, the cartilage can be shaved and excess skin of the ear can be trimmed when the size of the ear is truly excessive. New ear surgery techniques often allow our surgeons to thread sutures through the skin without the use of large incisions to provide almost completely scar-free results, with far less swelling or bruising and a shorter recovery period.
Otoplasty generally requires only local anesthesia, although general anesthesia may be requested or recommended when the surgery is for a child patient. Whether general or local anesthesia is used, adult patients will also need someone to drive them home after surgery and plan to have a driver ready. While healing is not as problematic or extensive as other forms of cosmetic surgery, recovery from Otoplasty also takes an average of one to two weeks.
There is usually very little postoperative pain. However, during this period, patients can expect bruising, swelling, redness, and discomfort, controlled with the surgeon's medication and taken along with antibiotics. Patients will be able to return to life as usual within a week or so, and the stitches are generally removed after seven days. But patients will be advised to avoid rigorous activity for several weeks while the ears continue to heal and assume their new position.
If you are a smoker, you are encouraged to refrain before the procedure and during your recovery time. Smoking slows down your blood flow and can adversely affect the healing process. You will also be asked to avoid aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medications that increase the risk of bleeding. While it may be tempting, it is essential to leave any dressing on the affected areas alone. Once your doctor removes it, however, you should see noticeable and immediate results. We greatly value the confidence and trust our patients place in us.
Dr. Andrew Ordon and Dr. Ritu Chopra are two of the best Beverly Hills eyelid experts, with years of experience performing plastic surgery. Both have been part of the award-winning hit T.V. show, "The Doctors" and members of the prestigious plastic surgery organizations, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the L.A. Surgical Society.
Dr. Ordon is currently an associate professor of surgery at Keck/USC School of Medicine and assistant professor of plastic surgery at Dartmouth School of Medicine and The University of Connecticut. Simultaneously, Dr. Chopra serves as one of the directors at the USC Keck Aesthetics surgery fellowship, where he trains new plastic surgeons. Dr. Chopra is a board-certified plastic surgeon with a passion for plastic surgery and his patients. For over a decade, he has been the go-to plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills. Dr. Chopra received his undergraduate education at the University of California at Irvine. After graduating with an Engineering degree, Dr. Chopra followed his heart and focused his attention on medicine, combining his understanding of structure and aesthetics to create excellent patient results.
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" Everyone made me feel very comfortable throughout this whole process. The surgery itself went well and the team made sure I was fully prepared on what to expect for recovery. Dr. Chopra gives his patients his direct line, which has helped me every step of the way. He is patient and always there to answer any questions."
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When you are dealing with less than perfect ear formation and are considering Otoplasty, the team at the Plastic Surgery Institute is ready to serve you. With more than fifty combined years of experience helping people achieve their desired look, our patients know we can help them realize their personal aesthetic goals.
If you are looking for the best Otoplasty Beverly Hills has to offer, don't hesitate to contact the Plastic Surgery Institute. Patients are invited to schedule consultations through our online form or by calling 310.248.6250.
For at least the first week after surgery, you can rest with your head elevated in a recliner or with at least two pillows. Try not to sleep on the side of your face, but rather with the back of your head on the pillow. For warmth, some patients prefer a travel-style pillow.
Otoplasty is usually not covered by insurance. Typically, Otoplasty is considered cosmetic and, therefore, not medically required. The insurance carrier may extend coverage where Otoplasty is being performed to correct a deformity or congenital abnormality.
No matter what brought you here, a visit with our doctors will bring out the best in you. Call us today to schedule your initial consultation, either in person or online.
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