Ears that don’t quite fit your face — whether because they’re too large or aren’t quite big enough — can be a frustrating fact of life. In some cases they can be a source of self-consciousness, while in others they can even be the source of bullying and social embarrassment. At Wirth Plastic Surgery, we offer ear surgery to patients in Newport Beach and the surrounding areas, which can correct the size and shape of your ear, for a more balanced and symmetrical appearance.
How is otoplasty performed?
Ear surgery typically takes less than two hours to perform and requires either local or general anesthesia, based on Dr. Wirth’s recommendations. His surgical technique will vary depending upon what type of ear surgery you have elected. Once you have been sedated, Dr. Wirth will make a predetermined incision, generally made on the back surface of the ear. If a frontal incision is required, however, it will be concealed within the natural folds of the ear.
Following the incision, Dr. Wirth will trim or remove excess cartilage and skin. Once the ear has been shaped to a more proportionate form, Dr. Wirth will place permanent internal sutures to secure the newly-shaped cartilage, with temporary sutures placed to close incisions made to the external ear. Following your surgery, bandages or dressings will be placed around your ear to aid in healing and to provide additional support to the ear’s new shape and position.