Dr. James Anthony

450 Sutter Street Suite 2630, San Francisco, CA 94108

Dr. James Anthony Plastic Surgery
Dr. James Anthony

Cosmetic Ear Surgery (Otoplasty, Ear Reshaping or Pinning) – San Francisco, CA

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About Cosmetic Ear Surgery

Ears that appear to protrude outward, are asymmetrical or misshapen, or look unnaturally big can negatively impact your self-esteem, especially when young. Otoplasty (ear reshaping) is a cosmetic procedure that helps to recontour the size, position, and shape of the ears to result in a normal appearance. Dr. James Anthony is a plastic surgeon in San Francisco, CA who has helped many women, men, and children to move past their embarrassment of exposing their ears by undergoing this surgery. No matter the cosmetic issue, otoplasty at Dr. James Anthony Plastic Surgery allows a patient to proudly show their face at any angle with newfound confidence. If you or your child are worried about the shape or size of the ears, make an appointment with Dr. Anthony to find out about your options for ear reshaping surgery.

Ideal Candidates

Ear reshaping surgery can be performed at any age; however, it is most common among children and is recommended before the start of elementary school. By six years of age, this treatment is safe and effective to be completed on a child. If you feel embarrassed from the shape and size of your ears because they are misshapen or protrude outward, otoplasty can be considered to attain a normal appearance. Sufferers of a torn, stretched, or damaged earlobe may also be a candidate for cosmetic ear surgery.

Surgical Technique

Ear reshaping surgery is performed using anesthesia, either general or IV sedation. Most often, the incision is placed around the back portion of the ear or within the inner folds. During this procedure, cartilage will be manipulated to create a new contour and natural-looking appearance. It's generally common for each ear to be addressed during surgery to make sure they appear symmetrical. After the procedure, the incisions are safely stitched together with sutures and wrapped so they are protected.

What to Expect

Once the procedure is finished and you are released to leave the hospital, you will heal and rest at home. Dr. Anthony or a member of his team will send you home with instructions for recovery. It's very important to not touch the ears. Also, you should not lay on the ears, and instead, sleep propped up for the first few days. Dr. Anthony recommends seeing his otoplasty patients back within 3 – 5 days — at this time, Dr. Anthony will take off the coverings and check you or your child's surgical results. The outcomes are visible right away, and the progression of results will continue to improve as the ears heal.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the results of ear surgery last?
Normally, the ears grow faster compared to other areas of the body and face, which is the reason why ear surgery can be done on younger patients with long-term outcomes. Dr. Anthony will examine the ears and then talk about what to expect, along with how long the outcomes may last. While the body and face can change dramatically from gravity and age, the impact on the ears is usually minimal. In the event there are significant modifications to your ears because of an injury, another surgery could be done.

How old should my child be to consider otoplasty?
Typically, kids about 5 – 6 years old are perfect candidates for ear surgery. Although the ear is generally fully grown, the tissue and cartilage are still malleable, which makes it easier to change. This age is also great as it's before they begin school or early in their schooling so that they can avoid teasing from their classmates. Even though a lot of ear surgery patients are young children, Dr. Anthony also performs otoplasty on adults.

Do I need to have both ears done or just one?
The most common problems, such as ears that are oversized or stick out, occur in both ears, which means both will need to be fixed. During ear surgery, Dr. Anthony will adjust both ears to make them as symmetrical as possible. However, if just one ear has to be altered, the shape and size will be adjusted to mirror the untreated ear. When he creates your surgical plan, Dr. Anthony will tell you if one or both ears need to be corrected.

What about fixing stretched or torn earlobes?
The trend of ear gauges and big earrings are making earlobe reconstruction a popular operation at Dr. James Anthony Plastic Surgery. If you're considering getting earlobe repair or reconstruction, schedule an appointment with Dr. Anthony. He will analyze your ear and then explain what might be done in order to repair your earlobes.

Reshape Your Ears

While the ears are not very big, an unusual size, shape, or position may make a significant difference in your appearance. Otoplasty (ear surgery) may help your child avoid getting teased by classmates, or help you if you have always felt unhappy with your ears. Call Dr. James Anthony Plastic Surgery in San Francisco, CA to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anthony and get more information about ear surgery. Our team looks forward to helping you achieve a look you will love and allow you to regain your self-confidence. 

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.