Prominent ears are a congenital problem that can negatively affect a person’s self-esteem. Correcting the shape of the ear through otoplasty, also known as cosmetic ear surgery, results in a natural, more symmetrical appearance. While otoplasty can be performed on an individual at any age, children as young as five are eligible to have surgical correction for prominent ears. Triple board-certified Newport Beach plastic surgeon, Dr. Douglas Hendricks, makes a small incision behind the ear, and once he has removed or reworked the existing ear cartilage and tissue, sutures are placed to move the angle of the ears to a more natural location. Otoplasty results in a more natural facial appearance that allows patients in the Orange County and L.A. area to show their face from all angles.
The technique used during ear surgery will depend on the abnormality. First, there may be an insufficient amount of ear cartilage to support the fold of the ear, or too much cartilage where the ear canal starts. Both issues will cause the ear to protrude outward. In some cases, the ears may appear too large. Regardless of the condition, the cartilage will usually be addressed and either removed or reshaped. Then, the cartilage will be secured with sutures into a new position closer to the head. The incision is generally placed within the natural folds of the ear so scarring is not an issue.
“Dear Doug, Thank you for your kind letter. It has been my honor to work with you over the years. I hope we can remain friends as time goes on. Thank you for your expert care of my girls Kim + Kelly. We all wish you the very best! Dave Killeen”– J.D. / Office Visit / Jul 09, 2000
“The only dr I trust with my face. Is dr Hendricks. I went in today for Botox. End up looking 10 yrs younger how he just simply told me the truth about a small change I needed to make. And I listen hv. I trust his honesty. He is amazing”– P.L. / Yelp / Oct 10, 2016
“Dr Hendrix did an exceptional job. He did a breast augmentation and liposuction on thighs, belly, butt and filling in butt indents. I loved the whole experience and the results I couldn't be more happy with!! He cares about what he does and you can see without a single doubt it's his passion. He is so knowledgeable and his skills are AMAZING!! I would not even consider going to a different surgeon. I hope he will never retire!”– L.L. / Yelp / Oct 05, 2016
“Dr Hendricks experience and knowledge was above any other surgeon I considered. Learning he is one of very few surgeons and not just a certified cosmetic Dr was inportant but then his thouroghness was above and beyond what I expected. He explains everything to where you feel comfortable. After surgery he was easiy to reach and respnded so quickly that if I had an u nexpected question he responded right away. His follow up appointments were included in initial fees as well as ultrasound treatment to help the sensativity and decrease the swollen tissue. I immediatly saw results after the procedure but each week I am shocked how natural and good my mid section is looking. He has by far has exceeded my expecations and his passion and focus on post surgery is so not like any other Dr I met with. I am so happy I went with Dr Hendricks.”– S. / Wellness / Sep 21, 2016
“His experience and knowledge was above any other surgeon I considered. Learning he is one of very few surgeons and not just a certified cosmetic Dr was inportant but then his thouroghness was above and beyond what I expected. He explains everything to where you feel comfortable. After surgery he was easiy to reach and respnded so quickly that if I had an u nexpected question he responded right away. His follow up appointments were included in initial fees as well as ultrasound treatment”– Anonymous / Healthgrades / Sep 21, 2016
All otoplasties are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. The entire surgery typically takes about 2 hours to complete. After surgery, patients will be sent home with their heads wrapped in a compression bandage, which will later be replaced with lighter bandaging. Initially, patients will feel discomfort if they attempt to move their ears. This will subside in a few days. Younger patients will need to be monitored so they do not touch or play with their ears during the healing process.
Ear Surgery FAQs@headingTag>
The results following an otoplasty procedure are long lasting. However, just like any other cosmetic procedure, aging and gravity may cause increased laxity. This could eventually affect the position of the ears. For the most part, the improvements made with this surgery are still significant.
Children between the ages of 4-6 are considered within the ideal range for this surgery. From an anatomical standpoint, the cartilage is still soft and will be easier to remold and manipulate. From a psychological standpoint, having this surgery before starting elementary school can help avoid teasing and ridicule from classmates.
Both Ears or Just One?@headingTag>
In the majority of cases, both ears are affected. Therefore, surgery is performed on both ears. However, there may sometimes be an abnormality in just one ear. If this is the case, surgery will be performed on the affected ear, which will be made to match the opposing ear.
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- Average Procedure Time
- 2.5 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
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