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Otoplasty and Earlobe Repair

What is Otoplasty?
Unlike pretty eyes or smiles, ears are rarely the subject of compliments or praise. When we look at someone, the ears should blend into the rest of the facial profile, without attracting attention. However, for some individuals, unusually prominent or distorted ears are a constant source of unwanted attention, affecting their self-confidence and hindering their interpersonal interactions.

Dr. Daines is a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Orange County who performs otoplasty (ear reshaping or “pinning back”) for those who are bothered by the shape or prominence of their ears. Children born with protuberant or distorted ears are often teased and even bullied at school. Fortunately, otoplasty is a safe and reliable surgical option for correcting the position and shape of prominent ears. Otoplasty is an outpatient surgery that can usually be done beginning around 5 years of age, a time when the ear is near its adult size and children are entering kindergarten. Utilizing small incisions concealed behind the ear and advanced cartilage reshaping techniques, Dr. Daines can restore a more natural, inconspicuous appearance to your or your child’s ears.

What is Earlobe Repair/Reduction?
Dr. Daines also specializes in split/torn earlobe repair. Whether there is a partial or complete tear in your earlobe from trauma or simply years of wearing earrings, Dr. Daines has mastered various techniques to repair the earlobe, restoring its contour and enabling you to wear earrings once again. The same techniques enable him to repair earlobes that have become stretched and distorted from gauge earrings as well. The procedure is done in the office with local anesthetic and, if you desire, Dr. Daines will re-pierce your ears for you once things have completely healed.

In some cases, misshapen earlobes are merely a result of the aging process. Dr. Daines has a customized technique for reducing the size of elongated earlobes or restoring youthful volume to earlobes that have lost some of their size over time.

Otoplasty Recovery Facts
Swelling is common after otoplasty and will resolve over a few weeks. Discomfort will be mild and can be controlled with oral medications. You may need to modify the way you lay your head on your pillow to prevent excessive pressure on your ears until they have healed. Your final result is usually apparent by a month.

Earlobe Repair/Reduction Recovery Facts
Pain after earlobe repair is minimal and can be effectively managed with oral pain medication. Dr. Daines will remove your sutures after approximately one week, revealing your new earlobes. After six weeks, Dr. Daines will bring you back to re-pierce your earlobes if you desire.

Surgery to enhance the ears is typically minimally-invasive and offers a high degree of patient satisfaction. It is also one of the few plastic surgery procedures recommended for children. If you would like to learn more about these procedures, contact Daines Plastic Surgery at 949-397-6499.

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We are so glad to have found Dr. Daines. He performed Otoplasty on my daughter, and I could not be more pleased with the results. When we went in for our consult, he was so kind and compassionate. I left with the best first impression possible. On the day of the surgery, Dr. Daines put all of our fears at ease and took his time to do an impeccable job. His communication is beyond what I expected to get from a surgeon. Dr. Daines is humble, gracious and kind hearted. He also has a wonderful sense of humor and a sweet spirit. I recommend Dr. Daines to anyone who is contemplating plastic surgery. The office staff was also very friendly and met all of our needs. -Jeanette A.

Procedure Details

Otoplasty Procedure Details
Otoplasty is performed in an outpatient surgery center under twilight or general anesthesia and takes around two hours. Small incisions are made behind the ears, the cartilage is re-contoured, and the ears are then repositioned closer to the side of the head. A light dressing is left in place for the first few days after surgery to minimize swelling and protect the newly re-shaped ears.

Earlobe Repair/Reduction Procedure Details
Earlobe repair and earlobe reduction are done in the office with local anesthesia. After the earlobes are numb, small, precise incisions are carefully made and the earlobes are meticulously repaired with fine sutures. The procedure usually takes around one hour to complete, depending on the extent of the repair.

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