Ear Reshaping

Ear Reshaping (Otoplasty) in Los Angeles, CA

Many people are born with prominent ears but wish their ear appearance was a little more subtle. Dr. Bresnick offers a plastic surgery procedure that reshapes the ears and helps them lie closer to the head with a better shape overall. This procedure is known as otoplasty, or ear reshaping. Otoplasty in Los Angeles can be extremely rewarding for patients and makes a world of difference for self-esteem and confidence. Discover how otoplasty can improve your appearance and help you regain confidence.

What Is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty involves reshaping the prominent portions of the ear and helping them look less noticeable. Most prominent ears have an under-developed upper ear fold (antihelix) and an overdeveloped cartilage portion in the middle region of the ear (concha). Dr. Bresnick examines each patient carefully and designs a customized plan for ear reshaping. Generally, most otoplasty patients benefit from a cosmetic reshaping in which the upper ear fold is recreated and the overdeveloped middle portion of the ear is set back or reduced. The majority of the surgery is done from the back of the ear and no visible scars can be seen on the front of the ear.

Otoplasty is customized to each patient’s needs. Some patients will require extensive ear reshaping while others may only need a minor tweak to achieve their ideal ear appearance. Come in and talk about your goals with Dr. Bresnick to discover your treatment possibilities. Most of our otoplasty patients are delighted with the results that we are able to achieve.

The procedure can be performed on children (over age 5), teens, and adults. Children do best with a light general anesthetic, while adults can have the surgery with either local anesthesia, local anesthesia with sedation, or a general anesthetic if desired. We’ll help you choose the right anesthesia options for your situation.

Why Should I Choose Dr. Bresnick for Ear Reshaping in Los Angeles?

Dr. Bresnick has a great deal of experience with ear reshaping and has performed over 1,000 otoplasty procedures! He enjoys cosmetic and reconstructive ear surgery and has experience in all aspects of external ear surgery, ranging from otoplasty to actually creating ears for children born without external ears. His unique experience in ear surgery makes him an ideal choice for patients seeking cosmetic or reconstructive ear surgery in Southern California.

Dr. Bresnick’s philosophy is to maintain a natural look for the ears. Beautiful, natural ears have a defined shape and are less than 2 cm from the head and at an angle of about 20 degrees between the ear and head at the top of the ear. To wear sunglasses, there has to be room for the glasses to fit on the top and behind the ears. Dr. Bresnick is careful to reshape the ear with these measurements and concepts in mind. Our patients are delighted by their ear surgery results and many recommend Dr. Bresnick to friends and family.

What to Expect from Ear Reshaping Surgery

The otoplasty procedure is performed in Dr. Bresnick’s fully accredited surgical center, Encino Surgicenter. Following the procedure, patients will relax in the recovery room for a short period of time before returning home to complete their recovery. Plan on having someone drive you home after surgery and remain with you for the first couple of days.

There is minimal discomfort with ear reshaping. Our patients are often surprised by the relative ease of the recovery after this procedure. Dr. Bresnick is able to numb the ear area with a long-lasting anesthetic. This anesthetic lasts long after surgery so that for many hours, there is little to no discomfort. Pain medications can be used as necessary to ensure a comfortable recovery experience.

For the first night after ear reshaping surgery, patients will sleep with their head elevated. A sterile dressing will be protecting the ears. The doctor will examine you and change your dressings the day after surgery. Patients are able to wash their hair by the third day after surgery. Most patients may return to school or work after about five days after their procedure.

Common Questions About Ear Reshaping

  • How Old Do I Have to Be Before Undergoing Otoplasty?

    This procedure offers excellent results for patients of nearly all ages. We perform ear surgery on children, teens, and adults. However, children must be at least 5 years old before undergoing cosmetic ear surgery.

  • Is Otoplasty Painful?

    Otoplasty offers a relatively comfortable recovery. Dr. Bresnick uses a long-lasting anesthetic that provides pain relief for many hours after surgery. We also prescribe pain medications to ensure your recovery is as comfortable as possible.

  • Are Ear Surgery Results Permanent?

    Patients enjoy the results of their cosmetic ear surgery for a lifetime in most instances. Even those receiving ear surgery during childhood are expected to enjoy permanent results, unless an ear injury or trauma occurs.

  • What Ear Problems Can Be Corrected with Ear Reshaping?

    We can treat most aesthetic ear complaints with ear surgery. Dr. Bresnick is experienced with treating ears that stick out from the head, ears with excessive cartilage, and even patients born without an external ear.

  • Am I a Good Candidate for Ear Surgery?

    If you have prominent ears and want to change your appearance, come in for a consultation to find out if otoplasty is right for you. We recommend that all plastic surgery patients be in relatively good health.

  • How Much Time Will I Need Off from Work After Ear Surgery?

    Most patients only need to take off one week from work or school after surgery.

  • Can Otoplasty Treat Ear Trauma?

    Ear reshaping can treat both congenital ear malformations and problems arising from ear trauma. We can treat cauliflower ear and other ear defects with this procedure as well.

  • What Other Procedures Complement Ear Surgery?

    Ear reshaping is generally performed on its own but can be paired with other cosmetic treatments for our adult patients. Laser resurfacing, facelift surgery, and eyelid surgery can complement the results of your treatment.

This procedure offers excellent results for patients of nearly all ages. We perform ear surgery on children, teens, and adults. However, children must be at least 5 years old before undergoing cosmetic ear surgery.

Otoplasty offers a relatively comfortable recovery. Dr. Bresnick uses a long-lasting anesthetic that provides pain relief for many hours after surgery. We also prescribe pain medications to ensure your recovery is as comfortable as possible.

Patients enjoy the results of their cosmetic ear surgery for a lifetime in most instances. Even those receiving ear surgery during childhood are expected to enjoy permanent results, unless an ear injury or trauma occurs.

We can treat most aesthetic ear complaints with ear surgery. Dr. Bresnick is experienced with treating ears that stick out from the head, ears with excessive cartilage, and even patients born without an external ear.

If you have prominent ears and want to change your appearance, come in for a consultation to find out if otoplasty is right for you. We recommend that all plastic surgery patients be in relatively good health.

Most patients only need to take off one week from work or school after surgery.

Ear reshaping can treat both congenital ear malformations and problems arising from ear trauma. We can treat cauliflower ear and other ear defects with this procedure as well.

Ear reshaping is generally performed on its own but can be paired with other cosmetic treatments for our adult patients. Laser resurfacing, facelift surgery, and eyelid surgery can complement the results of your treatment.

Are you ready to learn more about ear reshaping in Los Angeles, CA? Call our plastic surgery offices at (818) 981-3333 for more information or to schedule a consultation.

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