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EAR SURGERY by Guerra Plastic Surgery Center

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The outer ear is typically positioned on the head at an angle of approximately 25° to 35°. If this angle exceeds 35°, a person’s ears may appear to “stick out” and impact their facial appearance and self-confidence. Ear surgery can be life-changing for those that undergo it. If you are considering otoplasty in Phoenix, our plastic surgeons have the skills and experience to improve the shape, position, and proportion of your ears.

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WHAT IS EAR SURGERY?

Ear surgery, also known as ear pinning or otoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure designed to create a more shape and projection to your ear structure. The objective is to reposition your ears in a way that they appear closer to the sides of your head. An otoplasty may involve pinning your ears back, reshaping, or resizing their structure if they are oddly shaped, uneven, or out of balance.

HOW AN OTOPLASTY BENEFITS YOU

Ear surgery frequently helps men, women, and children improve their facial appearance, as well as alleviates feelings of social anxiety often associated with irregularly shaped ears. Otoplasty has several other benefits, including:

  • Correction of prominent ears
  • Natural, well-balanced facial appearance
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Safe treatment with favorable success rates
  • Permanent results
  • For children, no more bullying or teasing
  • No more hiding your ears
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A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR COSMETIC EAR SURGERY

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Ear reshaping or pinning in Scottsdale can be performed on patients of all ages. Eligible patients for this procedure have the following ear shape conditions:

  • Distractingly protrudes from the head
  • Uneven in shape
  • The earlobes are too large and need reshaping
  • The upper ears fold over
  • One or both ears have a shell-like shape and lack a natural fold
  • The ears are too prominent when wearing a cap
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THE EAR SURGERY PROCEDURE

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Guerra Plastic Surgery Center custom-tailors every ear surgery. If the ears are sticking out from the head, the procedure will involve an incision at the back of the ears to remove cartilage and reform the structure, allowing the ears to lie closer to the side of the head. Surgical sutures will secure the corrected ear position in place.

In the case of misshapen ears, whether shell-like or folded at the top, our plastic surgeons will reshape the ear structure by adding a natural-looking fold or addressing the folded upper area to produce natural results.

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EAR SURGERY FOR ADULTS

For adults, ear surgery can drastically transform your appearance, making your front and side profiles look more harmonious and attractive. Otoplasty can be life-changing for adults who have spent decades trying to hide their ears. Only local anesthesia is needed in ear surgery for adults.

EAR SURGERY FOR CHILDREN

Children with ears that stick out are often bullied for their appearance. Parents have the power to help their children build greater confidence by correcting the ears at a young age. Otoplasty only reshapes the ear structure and will not affect a child’s hearing.

The ear cartilage being pliable is one of the many advantages of otoplasty for children. During surgery, the recommended anesthetic for young patients is general anesthesia, which ensures he or she is free from pain and fear.

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EAR SURGERY AT A GLANCE

  • Avg. Surgery Time

    2 hours

  • Anethesia

    General

  • Location

    Certified Outpatient Center or Specialty Hospital

  • Recovery

    • Back to work in less than 1 week.
    • Full exercise in 4 weeks.
  • Improving the experience

    Outpatient surgery

  • Am I a good candidate?

    • Healthy
    • Non-Smoker
    • No medical conditions that reduce wound healing
    • Protruding ears
    • Body Mass Index (BMI) less than 35
    • Realistic goals and expectations
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PREPARING FOR EAR SURGERY

Before having otoplasty in the Phoenix-Metro area, proper preparations should be in order. Here are some things you should consider before going under the knife:

  • Stop smoking for several weeks before surgery
  • Lab tests, including a complete blood count (CBC) and liver, kidney, and blood sugar tests, may be asked of you to ensure you are fit for surgery
  • Be open about your medical history and any medications you are taking
  • Stop taking any blood-thinning medications or supplements

EAR SURGERY RESULTS AND RECOVERY

Recovering from ear surgery can take between 2 to 6 weeks. The recovery phase is not painful, although you may experience some level of discomfort, including itching and swelling. You will receive aftercare directives and scheduled follow-up appointments with Dr. Ogley, which you should follow to ensure the best possible results.

During recovery, you must sleep on your back to avoid placing stress on your ears and stitches. Your plastic surgeon will also instruct you to wear an otoplasty headband, especially at night, to provide gentle compression and keep your healing ears in place. Depending on your procedure, the surgical sutures may dissolve on their own within a few weeks. In some cases, your doctor will schedule a follow-up appointment to check on your progress and remove the sutures. You will notice the results immediately after surgery.

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WHY CHOOSE GUERRA PLASTIC SURGERY CENTER

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Do you feel embarrassed because your ears are large, disproportionate to your head, or uneven? Such ear shape problems can have a negative impact on your self-esteem. Correcting your ear shape and size can help you lead a happier, more confident life. While the procedure is generally uncomplicated for experienced surgeons, the results can be transformative.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Ogley has received extensive training in plastic surgery and serves the greater Phoenix area, including Scottsdale, Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Chandler, and Glendale. He uses the most advanced surgical techniques and genuinely cares for every patient he treats. If you wish to learn more, contact us today and schedule a consultation for ear surgery in Arizona.

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EAR SURGERY FAQs

HOW LONG IS THE PROCEDURE?

It takes approximately two to three hours to complete an otoplasty. The specific amount of time needed to complete your procedure will depend on your surgery’s complexity.

WILL THERE BE SCARS?

The incisions made during ear surgery do result in scars, but they are well-concealed behind the ears. Most visible scarring after surgery will fade in time.

SHOULD I EXPECT ANY PAIN?

Severe pain after ear surgery is uncommon, but you may experience temporary discomfort around the incision sites. Your prescription medication from Dr. Scott Ogley should alleviate any discomfort right away.

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