Otoplasty is the clinical word for ear surgery of the external ear. It is commonly performed on children and teenagers with overly prominent ears. The procedure sets the ears back closer to the head so that they do not stick out. While big ears are not a medical problem, the teasing and ridicule that can occur may create problems all their own. The surgery can be done in patients as young as seven years old to help dramatically improve self-esteem and quality of life.
The surgery takes approximately 2-3 hours, and generally requires a single incision behind each ear. It is performed as an outpatient procedure in a surgical facility.
Dr. Nitta performs all varieties of ear reconstruction in her private practice, as well as with her volunteer work in Ecuador. She is board- certified in both Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat) and Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, providing her with excellent expertise and knowledge of all aspects of the ear.
Following surgery, patients will be given a post-operative headband that will need to be worn for one week. In most cases, sutures will dissolved on their own. After one week, normal activity may be resumed. However, swimming is restricted for 6 weeks.
If you or your child are interested in ear surgery, call our office at (949) 722-6644 to schedule your free consultation with Double-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Katharine C. Nitta today!