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Beautifully reshape and refine the ears with ear surgery
Candidates for our San Diego otoplasty surgery (ear surgery) include any adult or child with prominent or misshaped ears. The most common reason for this procedure is to correct protruding ears.
Prominent ears are a result of a variety of different anatomic configurations, however the two most common reasons ears are prominent are due to the lack of an anti-helical fold and over-sized cartilage.
The general treatment considerations are to identify the source or reason for the prominence and then to treat the specific finding. In some cases it requires creation of the anti-helical fold while in other cases it requires setting the ear back closer to the head. In many cases, it requires both techniques.
In children, the procedure is typically performed after the age of 5 or 6. In cases of severe deformity, it can be done as early as 2. However, these cases are rare.
The short scar lift addresses skin, muscles and fat, recontouring the face for a more appealing aesthetic. After an incision is made, the skin can be redraped in a relaxed fashion, improvement the appearance of the cheeks, the jowls and even the neck.
An incision is placed in the crease behind the ear to gain access to the cartilage. Next, sutures are used to re-shape the ear and to set the ear back closer to the head. In some cases, a piece of cartilage is removed.
A bulky dressing is placed on the head for a few days. The ears will be somewhat swollen for several days after the dressing is removed. A soft headband is worn at night to protect the ears. Typically, the patient can return to school or work in less than a week and full activity (including sports) in approximately 2 weeks.
If you are curious to learn more about whether otoplasty in San Diego may be the right choice for you, or you have a child interested in treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact double Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Karam today. During your initial session, he will be able to address such important topics as financing, risks, recovery and results in greater depth.
Dr. Karam is especially gentle and playful with young children. He is able to set them at ease quite quickly, relieving any anxiety and creating an atmosphere of healing and tranquility.
He will examine your ears, review your medical records, and begin to create a customized plan of action for resolving your most troublesome aesthetic issues. Dr. Karam also will provide you access to our before and after library of photographs so you can get the clearest picture of what kind of outcomes are available.
Dr. Karam, who is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Board of Otolaryngology, offers services in San Diego County including San Diego, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Encinitas, Rancho Bernardo and La Jolla in Southern California.
If you are ready to schedule an appointment with Dr. Karam, contact us today.(858) 259-3223 Contact Us
In light of the new state-wide guidelines we will we will not be performing surgery for the time being, all current patients that need followup post-surgery visits will be done through virtual consultation. We will be scheduling surgery for the future when we anticipate the quarantine will be lifted. In the meantime we are available by phone and email and we will be performing virtual consultations for all new patients. We will be contacting patients over the next week as needed to reschedule, and keeping folks updated via our website and social media on any changes. We will continue to see any current patients needing care in our office. Please contact us to set up your virtual consultation.