Otoplasty in San Diego, CA
Otoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to correct common aesthetic imperfections and structural problems in the ears. For residents of Southern California who want to undergo otoplasty, the procedure is performed with excellence at Pollack Plastic Surgery, located in the Hillcrest area of San Diego, and serving residents of La Jolla, Alpine, and neighboring areas.
Who should consider Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is a surgical procedure performed regularly on thousands of patients yearly, including children. Otoplasty repairs cosmetic imperfections as well as structural conditions in the ears to achieve balance and proportion between the ears and the facial features. The vast majority of otoplasty patients report significant improvement and satisfaction with their appearance as a result of the procedure.
What kinds of problems does Otoplasty correct?
Otoplasty may be used to correct almost any cosmetic defect of the ear, including the shape, size, position, or symmetry of the ears. Otoplasty corrects imperfections that make the ears appear out of proportion with the facial features, and ears that stick out too far from the head. Otoplasty is also used to treat structural defects in the ear caused by previous injury, illness, or genetic conditions, and other cosmetic concerns, such as altering the size or shape of the earlobes.
At what age is it safe to perform Otoplasty on a child?
Otoplasty is one of the few plastic surgeries often performed on children during early childhood. Normally the shape of the ear is fully developed in children by about age 4, and cartilage inside the ear begins to harden at about age 7 or 8. For this reason, the ideal age to perform otoplasty on children is at around 6 or 7, prior to the hardening of the cartilage. Children who undergo the surgery at this age often heal much more quickly because the cartilage inside the ear is still pliable.
How is Otoplasty surgery performed?
The procedure typically requires only “twilight” or local anesthesia, taking only about one hour per ear. Otoplasty is performed using an incision camouflaged behind the ear in the ear’s natural crease, through which the surgeon can easily trim and reshape the cartilage and skin tissue. Every procedure is customized to each patient, addressing individual and specific concerns.
What should I expect during recovery after Otoplasty?
You should arrange to have someone take you home after the procedure since you may still be under the effects of the anesthesia. You may experience initial soreness and discomfort after the procedure. A surgical dressing is wrapped around the ears immediately after surgery, which must remain in place for several days to protect sensitive tissue. You must also wear a soft headband to protect the ears while sleeping. Most patients recover from otoplasty in about one week, during which you may experience some degree of soreness, swelling and bruising, which naturally subsides within a few days. You may resume light activity within a week but refrain from strenuous exercise for four to six weeks after the procedure to prevent impact or injury and to allow time for full healing of internal tissue after the procedure.
How much does Otoplasty cost in San Diego, CA?
The cost of otoplasty varies according to what corrections are made. In some cases, health insurance may cover the procedure if performed to correct structural issues that impair hearing, but usually, it is not covered. To help patients manage costs not assumed by health insurance, Pollack Plastic Surgery provides easy financing plans and accepts various methods of payment for your convenience.
Otoplasty is a simple and safe procedure that addresses the size, shape, or protrusion of the ears. To learn more about otoplasty, contact Pollack Plastic Surgery, located in the Hillcrest area of San Diego, and serving residents of La Jolla, Alpine, and neighboring communities in Southern California.