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Otoplasty, also referred to as ear surgery, can change the shape, size, and position of your ears by removing extra cartilage and skin. The procedure takes only a couple of hours and is a relatively quick way to add some symmetry to your features. The incision locations will vary according to what you are having fixed, but common incision locations for ostoplasty include the backs of the ears or the inner creases of the ears. As a result, incisions made by our Orange County surgeons remain well-hidden after the surgery.

Fortunately, the procedure will not affect your hearing in any way. The results of the surgery are immediate and can be seen as soon as your bandages come off – a few days after the procedure.

Can I benefit from otoplasty?

To find out if you are a good candidate for otoplasty, schedule a time to talk with one of our Orange County surgeons. The doctor will examine you and give you realistic expectations about what you can do to fix any issues you have with your ears. In general, you might be a fit for otoplasty if any of the following apply to you:

  • Your ears stick out too far from your head
  • Your ears are large in proportion to your head
  • Your ears are misshapen or uneven as a result of a birth defect or injury

What can I expect after the surgery?

After your surgery, you will experience some discomfort or itching. Your Orange County surgeon will help you find a pain management method that works best for you. Avoid sleeping on your side or rubbing your ears, especially in the incision spots. Additionally, avoid wearing tight fitting clothing that you have to pull down over your head. Instead, try to wear tops with loose collars or button down shirts.