The ears contribute to an important aesthetic symmetry of the facial features, bringing a balance to the appearance. Most people never give their ears a second thought, unless they are unusual in size or shape. Unfortunately, in this case, the ears can draw unwanted attention. Children with large, protruding ears may be the subject of painful teasing and ridicule. This deep impact on confidence and self-esteem can continue into adulthood.
Hats and long hair do little to cover up misshapen ears. Surgical intervention is the only way to restore natural looking ears that are proportionate to the facial features. For people who are concerned with the size and shape of their ears, Plastic Surgery Associates in Santa Rosa provides innovative ear surgery designed to restore a pleasant appearance.
Otoplasty in Sonoma and Napa Valley:
Otoplasty, also referred to as ear pinning or reshaping, is an invasive procedure created to correct the size, shape, position, and projection of the ears. Surgical reconstruction can improve many aesthetic issues of the ear, including those that are the result of a congenital birth defect or an injury later in life. Children as young as five or six can see excellent results with the ear reshaping procedure performed at Santa Rosa’s Plastic Surgery Associates.
Five Most Common Reasons for an Otoplasty Procedure:
- Excessive protrusion
- Large/small conchal bowl
- Congenital malformation
- Accident or injury
The Ear Reshaping Consultation at Plastic Surgery Associates:
Patients who are unhappy with the shape, size, or projection of their ears are encouraged to schedule a consultation with Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas. This initial appointment is complimentary, and provides an important time for patients to get to know the experienced surgeons at Plastic Surgery Associates. Both Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales have more than twenty years of background in otoplasty procedures.
During the consultation visit, the surgeons will perform a quick physical examination, and have a frank discussion about your aesthetic desires. Once all of the options for ear reshaping have been explained in detail, it will be determined if an otoplasty is right for you. If so, a personalized surgical plan for ear reshaping will be created.
The Ideal Candidate for Otoplasty:
Anyone who is frustrated with unusually shaped or protruding ears may find that the otoplasty can be extremely beneficial. The surgical procedure provides satisfactory correction for a wide variety of aesthetic problems. The otoplasty can be performed at almost any age. Children as young as five years old can benefit from the procedure; as this is the age when the ears have reached between 85-90% development. The ideal ear reshaping candidate will be in generally good health, fully understand the otoplasty procedure, and have realistic expectations for their final results.
The Otoplasty Procedure:
Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas perform their ear shaping procedure on an outpatient basis, using local anesthesia. General anesthesia may be recommended for some patients, especially children and teens. The otoplasty procedure will take between one and two hours to complete, depending on the extent of correction required.
To begin the otoplasty procedure, the surgeon will make one or more tiny incisions, normally located behind the ear or along the front crease. From here, Dr. Furnas or Dr. Canales will remove the excess skin and tissues. The cartilage may be shaved to reduce the size of the conchal bowl and then rebuilt to form an appropriate shape. Permanent sutures can be used to restore the anti-helical fold, bringing the ears closer to the head to decrease projection. The earlobes can be recreated, as well. When the desired corrections are complete, the incisions will be sutured closed. A surgical garment will then be placed around the head for proper healing of the ears.
Recovery from Ear Reshaping in Marin County:
Patients can expect the recovery time, after an ear pinning procedure, to take between one and two weeks. Swell and bruising are not unusual, although will quickly decrease over the first few days. Mild discomfort may be experienced, but Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales will make sure patients are comfortable during the healing process by prescribing appropriate medications.
For the first 24 hours, patients may have a difficult time chewing, so a liquid or soft diet is encouraged. To reduce the instance of swelling, patients should sleep with their head elevated on several pillows for the first several nights. During the first follow-up appointment, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will remove the surgical bandages, and place a removable, elastic surgical garment around the ears.
Ear reshaping patients should avoid:
- Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for four weeks.
- ‘Pull-over’ clothing for two weeks.
- Hard or chewy foods for two weeks.
- Contact sports for six weeks.
Generally after five to seven days, most otoplasty patients are feeling well enough to return to work or school. Strenuous exercise and activities that could potentially damage the ears should be avoided for four to six weeks. Some benefits from the ear reshaping procedure will be immediately noticeable, although as the swelling and bruising resolves, and the healing progresses, the full results from surgery will become apparent.
How to get the ear shaping procedure you desire in Napa Valley:
There is no need to put off the ear shaping procedure you have always desired. Patients interested in otoplasty in Sonoma should contact Plastic Surgery Associates at 707.537.2111 for more information, or to schedule a consultation appointment. We will be happy to provide travel assistance for those coming in from out of town.
What is an otoplasty?
Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas otoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to restore a pleasant size, shape, position, and projection of the ears. Ear reshaping can improve aesthetic problems that are present from birth, as well as those resulting from an injury later in life.
Am I a good candidate for the otoplasty procedure at Plastic Surgery Associates?
The ideal candidate for ear reshaping will be in overall good health, fully understand the procedure, and hold realistic expectations for the results.
When can I return to work or school after an ear reshaping procedure?
Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas’ patients are often feeling well enough to return to work five to seven days after their otoplasty procedure.
Will my otoplasty result in scars?
Very small scars may occur after Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas’ otoplasty procedure. However, the surgeons take great care to keep scarring well hidden within the natural contours of the ear and hairline.
What are the risks associated with ear reshaping at Plastic Surgery Associates?
Complications from the otoplasty, although considered an extremely safe procedure, can include excessive bleeding, scarring, hematoma, and asymmetry. An experienced surgeon such as Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas guarantee patients will receive the safest possible ear reshaping procedure available today.
For people who are concerned with the size and shape of their ears, Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa provides ear reshaping surgery to rebalance the look of protruding or misshapen ears.
Ear Reshaping at a Glance
|Purpose||To set back prominent ears closer to the head, to reshape the ears, and to improve facial proportions.|
|Procedure:||The otoplasty is performed either under local or general anesthesia. Excess tissue is removed, cartilage reshaped, and if needed, pulled closer towards the head. Incisions are usually located along the back surface of the ear, minimizing the chance for noticeable scarring to occur.|
|Recovery:||Most patients are feeling well enough to return to work or school in five to seven days. Vigorous exercise, heavy lifting, and activities that may damage the ears should be postponed for up to four weeks after surgery.|
|Results:||Otoplasty patients can expect natural looking, aesthetically pleasing ears, perfectly sized and shaped to flatter the head and face.|