Ear Surgery San Diego
Ear surgery, or otoplasty is most commonly performed to reduce the appearance of large or prominent ears by setting them back closer to the head. Ear surgery can also correct misshapen ears due to an injury, birth defects, or piercings. This operation can be performed on children and adults.
Ear Surgery in Oceanside & San Diego
Patients schedule otoplasty surgery with Dr. Gregory Park for several reasons. They recognize that Dr. Park has vast experience in otoplasty or ear surgery, from his years of education, training, experience and double board certification in ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) surgery and Plastic Surgery. From a personal standpoint, patients may have concerns that their ears are prominent and stick out too far from their head. Other patients desire surgery to correct ears which have been misshapen due to injury or birth defects. While others want to reverse the effect of stretched earlobes from the use of gauges or heavy earrings. In all cases, patients generally seek surgery to feel more comfortable about their appearance.
To view Before and After Ear Surgery photos, click photos above. Individual results may vary.
Ears that appear to stick out or are overly large can be helped by ear surgery.
An incision is made in the back of the ear so cartilage can be sculpted or folded. Stitches are used to close the incision and help maintain the new shape.
Creating a fold in the cartilage makes the ear lie flatter against the head and appear more normal.
The goal of your consultation with Dr. Park is to express your desired outcome and goals with surgery, gather information, and feel confident and assured when you schedule your surgery with us. During your consultation Dr. Park will ask you about your specific aesthetic goals and assess the appearance and shape of your ears. Based on your conversation with him and your exam, Dr. Park will explain the surgical techniques that would be best for your particular case and anatomy. He will also discuss what to expect before, during and after surgery including the risks and benefits of the surgery.
If you are inquiring about surgery for your child, Dr. Park recommends that parents be sensitive to their child’s feelings about the appearance ears. Children are generally happy to cooperate with the surgical process when they ask for the change in the appearance of his or her ears.
Preparing for your Surgery
Before your surgery, Dr. Park and his nurses will see you at your preoperative appointment. During this appointment you will get another opportunity to ask any additional questions you may have with regard to surgery and review all the details of surgery again.
You will be provided with prescriptions for medications required after surgery. You will also be provided with instructions to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on drinking, eating, smoking, and avoiding certain medications or supplements.
While preparing for surgery, make sure to make arrangements to have a family member or friend drive you home after surgery. You may also want to have someone help you for a couple of days while you recover.
A general anesthetic is usually recommended for younger children. Local anesthesia with or without a sedative can be used for older children or adults.
Time for surgery can range from one to three hours. More complicated surgery may require more time.
For simple ear defects, such as stretched earlobes, repair is straightforward and requires removal of skin within the defect and closure of the wound with absorbable sutures.
Protruding ears generally require the creation an inner ear fold (antihelical fold) and or the reduction of enlarged conchal cartilage (ear bowl cartilage). The incisions and resulting scars for the correction of a protruding ear are strategically placed so that they are hidden behind the ear or camouflaged within the front ear folds.
After Your Surgery
Dr. Park and his staff will provide you with individualized instructions on the cleaning and the care of your incisions. If you have undergone ear shaping surgery, you will be instructed on the use of head bands which will help in maintaining the new position and shape of your ears. After ear lobe surgery, the use of a simple bandaid for a few days is generally all that will be required for wound care. Contact sports and strenuous activities should be avoided for about a month or so until you a well healed. You will be seen for follow up appointments and are encouraged to call Dr. Park or his staff if you have any questions or concerns with your recovery.
Your results will be visible immediately, and will improve as swelling diminishes in 1-2 weeks.
The Next Step
To find out if you are a good candidate for ear surgery, call us at (760) 655-1414 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Gregory Park. We look forward to helping you in achieving your goals.