A Solution for Prominent Ears
Otoplasty is surgery to change the ears' position, size, or shape. Children born with naturally prominent ears may feel self-conscious from a young age or even suffer teasing from others. Therefore, otoplasty is often performed during childhood once the ears have reached their full size, which is usually by age five or six. Other people may seek otoplasty to correct a congenital difference or an ear misshapen by injury. Reza Bolourian, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a double board-certified Mission Viejo cosmetic surgeon specializing in cosmetic surgery. His depth of experience and compassionate bedside manner make him the perfect choice to perform your or your child’s otoplasty procedure.
Otoplasty surgery, also called ear reshaping, draws the ears closer to the sides of the head to help them appear less prominent. Adults or children can have otoplasty, but this procedure is often performed during childhood. Generally performed as an outpatient procedure, otoplasty permanently shifts the ears to lay flatter against the head. This can have a positive effect on the patient’s self-esteem and body image.
Better Body Image
Otoplasty patients are generally very happy with their decision to pursue surgery. The results are permanent and natural-looking. By reducing the prominence of ears that stick out too far, otoplasty improves the entire appearance of the face. Dr. Bolourian also performs otoplasty on ears that are asymmetrical or misshapen as the result of an injury or congenital difference. Dr. Bolourian demonstrates care, compassion, and integrity when working with patients of all ages. With over two decades of experience, he stays at the forefront of innovations in surgical technique, providing the most comfortable procedure and recovery possible while crafting exceptional results.
Here to Help
Call our office or contact us online to schedule your personal consultation. Dr. Bolourian will first learn about your reasons for seeking otoplasty for yourself or your child and make sure that you have positive expectations regarding the results. He will then assess the treatment area and provide an overview of the proposed surgical steps. He will also collect medical information to ensure surgery is safe. Bring any questions you have about otoplasty to discuss at your consultation. We want to make sure give you have the information you need to make informed decisions about your care.
No Visible Scars
All procedures are performed in our sterile and well-equipped onsite surgical facility. Local anesthesia and sedation are typically administered for the patient’s comfort. Dr. Bolourian creates a small incision in the natural fold where the ear meets the head. He then removes a small amount of tissue and cartilage before securing the ear into a flatter position against the head using a permanent suture. In some cases, he may also trim cartilage to create a more desirable size or shape. The entire procedure typically takes between two and three hours. You will learn about the details of your individual procedure at your preoperative appointment.
Build Better Confidence
Otoplasty helps the ears lay closer to the sides of the head. There is nothing functionally wrong with prominent ears. However, some people may feel self-conscious about their prominent ears and wish to make a change. Children who have had otoplasty may feel more confident and comfortable in school and social settings, especially if their ears have caused them to feel self-conscious or made them the object of teasing. The results are permanent, allowing the patient to put overly prominent ears behind them for good.
Make a Strong Recovery
After an otoplasty Mission Viejo cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Bolourian, will bandage the ears to protect them and help them heal in the correct position. He will remove these bandages after a few days at a post-operative appointment. Some discomfort is to be expected but can be mitigated with pain medication. Side sleepers may need to alter their sleep position for a few days to protect the ears and minimize discomfort. We will provide detailed aftercare instructions to support recovery at home.
Because otoplasty can provide a noticeable improvement in confidence and body image, it is often performed in childhood. The procedure can generally be performed once a child has reached the age of five or six and their ears have reached their full size.
No, otoplasty does not have any effect on hearing. The procedure focuses on the external structures of the ear and does not alter the delicate internal hearing organs.
Our goal is to improve your quality of life by giving you the power to be your best self. We work tirelessly to provide the safest and most state-of-the-art care. You deserve to look and feel your best every day. We can help you enhance your unique appeal to give you a boost of confidence and pride in your appearance. We believe that when you look and feel your best, it shows in every area of your life. Dr. Bolourian and the team at Orange County Surgical Specialists are on hand to help you understand your options and craft results that make you shine from the inside out. Schedule your consultation today.
29829 Santa Margarita Pkwy, Ste 300
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688