Protruding ears are the result of underdevelopment of part of the ear cartilage. This cosmetic flaw can lead to social angst for children and adults and detract from the harmony of the facial features. Otoplasty (ear surgery) is performed to correct protrusion and create properly positioned, symmetrical, natural-looking ears.
Am I a candidate for ear surgery?
Ear surgery can be performed on teenagers and adults, and on children at around five years of age when ear cartilage is stable enough for correction. You may be a good candidate for this procedure if you are in good general health, have no medical conditions that could impair healing, do not smoke, and have:
- Protruding ears on one or both sides;
- Overly large ears; or
- Dissatisfaction with previous ear surgery
Why choose Dr. Ardesh?
- Dr. Ardesh is a dual board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Los Angeles who is well respected in his field.
- He was educated at several highly acclaimed institutions (the University of North Carolina, University of Minnesota, and University of Washington) and brings a fresh aesthetic vision to LA.
- Dr. Ardesh has served as a college professor in the departments of head and neck surgery, ophthalmology, and dermatology at Loma Linda University.
Before & AfterView All
What should I expect with ear surgery in Los Angeles?
Otoplasty typically takes one to two hours to perform. It can be done under local anesthesia, with or without sedation, or under general anesthesia.
- In most cases, incisions are made, and skin is removed on the back surface of the ear.
- The underlying cartilage is altered through hidden incisions.
- Internal absorbable sutures are used to create and secure the newly shaped cartilage.
- Incisions are carefully closed with external, absorbable sutures to create symmetry of the ears and to avoid an unnatural, pinned back appearance.
Ear Surgery FAQ
What should I avoid while I am healing?
Be careful to protect your incisions from trauma and excessive force. Avoid sunlight, tanning beds, motion, and abrasion during the healing period.+
Will I need to have the stitches removed?
Dr. Ardesh uses absorbable sutures to close incisions in ear surgery. They will dissolve on their own and do not require removal.+
When will I see results after ear surgery?
Ear surgery results are almost immediate and visible when the protective dressings are removed. With the ear positioned closer to the head after otoplasty, surgical incision lines are well hidden behind the ear.+