Maher Anous, MD
Dr. Maher Anous is a Beverly Hills and Irvine plastic surgery specialist who offers ear surgery at his practice. In the paragraphs below he describes this procedure and how Beverly Hills and Irvine otoplasty patients have benefited from treatment.
Surgery of the ear, also known as otoplasty, is a procedure that helps reduce protrusion of the ear away from the head. Most often, ear surgery is performed on children above the age of six years. Ears that “stick out” are often the source of teasing and ridicule in young children. This teasing can have a devastating effect on the child’s psyche.
Otoplasty is not limited to children and may also be performed on older patients. Cosmetic procedures are available for those individuals with large ears and for those with congenital (birth) irregularities that detract from their appearance.
Reasons for Considering Ear Surgery:
Bring proportion to the face if the ears “stick out” too much.
Correct folded ear tips (lop ear).
Reshape long or offset earlobes.
Asymmetry off the ears.
- Various disproportions.
Ear surgery is commonly performed under general anesthesia for children and local or general anesthesia for adults. The standard otoplasty procedure brings the ears closer to the head. Otoplasty begins with an incision hidden in the crease behind the ear. This incision allows the cartilage located behind the ears to be reshaped in order to position them closer to the head. The procedure takes approximately one to two hours, depending upon the extent of surgery.
There are various surgical techniques involved in correcting irregularities other than protruding ears. These techniques can be discussed with your physician during the initial consultation.
After the surgery is completed, large bandages will be wrapped around the head of children (but only a head-band for adults). This method secures the ear in place and assists with the healing process. The bandages are usually removed within a week and replaced with smaller dressings. Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery. Any pain can be treated effectively with oral medication. While complications are rare, you can minimize potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions.
Dr. Anous is a gifted Beverly Hills and Irvine cosmetic surgeon who, in addition to ear surgery, also performs other facial procedures at his plastic surgery center. Visit these pages in the website to learn about how Dr. Anous treats facelift, rhinoplasty, chin implants, chemical peel and botox patients. Dr. Anous, operating from his modern offices, has helped many Beverly Hills and Irvine tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), breast augmentation and liposuction patients improve their appearance.