Ear Surgery in San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Children are often the brunt of hurtful jokes involving the size or shape of the ears. Even some adults can look back on their younger years and likely pinpoint a time when their ears were the subject of laughter from their peers. Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, can help correct disproportionate ears by giving them a more natural look, closer to the head. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Aycock performs ear surgery for San Francisco Bay Area residents.
Why Choose Dr. Aycock?
With over 25 years of plastic surgery experience, Dr. Aycock is a board-certified surgeon who has performed a number of both structural and cosmetic surgeries over the years. As one of the most awarded and trusted surgeons in the Bay Area, you can rest assured that Dr. Aycock will personally attend to your questions, comfort, and needs from the very first visit.
Is Ear Surgery Right for Me?*
Ear surgery may be the ideal procedure for you or your child if you meet any of the following conditions:
- You or your child feel self-conscious about the shape or symmetry of your ears.
- Your child is experiencing unwanted attention or poor self-esteem as a result of the shape or position of their ears.
Benefits of Ear Surgery*
An ear surgery can address specific concerns about the shape or positioning of the ears while giving you the following benefits:
- Newfound confidence and improved self-esteem.
- Comfort and peace of mind regarding the appearance of your ears.
With young children, Dr. Aycock is especially considerate in helping them feel more comfortable about having surgery done.
What to Expect During Your Consultation
Dr. Aycock will take the time to go over your complete medical history to ensure there are no conflicts or issues that could arise during or after your plastic surgery procedure. He will discuss your goals and anticipated outcome of your surgery, as well as answer any questions you may have. Depending on the type of procedure you plan to have done, he may examine the area being treated. Every consultation is done with the utmost professional courtesy and thorough explanation of each step to ensure that you are informed and comfortable with the process. Once you feel fully assured and satisfied with the answers, you can move forward with scheduling your surgery.
What Is Ear Surgery?
Ear reshaping surgery (also known as ear pinning) is usually performed to reduce the size or prominence of the ears. Otoplasty is often performed on children after the age of four. However, many adults choose ear reshaping surgery to rectify life-long concerns and improve self-image.
Most patients, young and old alike, are thrilled with the results of ear surgery. Dr. Aycock takes plenty of time with his patients before surgery to answer any questions and help resolve any concerns. He is especially careful in helping children feel comfortable with surgery.
How Is Ear Surgery Performed?
In the case of protruding ears, surgical techniques help reduce the cartilage in the ear while creating or increasing the antihelical fold (the area inside the rim of the ear). Incisions are made within the folds of the ear so scars are easily hidden. Once the surgery is complete, non-removable sutures help hold the ear in place and allow the newly formed cartilage to adjust to its new shape.
Preparing for Ear Surgery
You may be asked to have lab testing or a medical evaluation done to rule out any external issues that may interfere with your surgery. You may also be asked to start, discontinue, or adjust your current medication schedule. You’ll recover more quickly if you stop smoking, and you should avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory medicines, or any herbal supplements as these can increase bleeding.
Ear Surgery Recovery*
During otoplasty surgery, Dr. Aycock carefully shapes the cartilage of the ear to create a more balanced appearance. In some cases, even if only one ear protrudes, surgery may be performed on both ears for better symmetry.
Ear cosmetic surgery may create a small scar in the back of the ear that is barely noticeable and will continue to fade as healing progresses.
If stitches are used, they will typically dissolve or be removed about a week following ear shaping surgery.
Any activities in which the ears might be bent should be avoided for a month or so. In most cases, adults can expect to return to work about five days following otoplasty surgery. Most children can return to school about a week following ear surgery, as long as they are careful not to disturb the surgery site as the healing process continues.
How Much Does Ear Surgery Cost?
The cost of ear surgery in San Francisco varies depending on the extent of surgery needed. Dr. Aycock provides convenient financing options, including CareCredit® and Prosper Healthcare Lending®; to help cover the cost of your surgery, and you may be approved in as little as an hour. Visa®, MasterCard®, and Discover® are also accepted, and you’ll enjoy a COMPLIMENTARY CONSULTATION on your first visit to our office.
Additional Facial Surgery Options
- Brow Lift
- Cheek Implants
- Chin Implant
- Eyelid Surgery
- Mid Facelift
- Neck Lift
- Fat Transfer
Ear surgery can help correct a variety of cosmetic concerns including positioning, ear symmetry, and other issues that can draw unwanted attention. Contact Dr. Aycock’s office to schedule your complimentary ear surgery consultation for yourself or your child, and see the difference that proficient, experienced cosmetic surgery can make in your life!
*The content of this website is intended to be general information. It is provided only as a service. It is not medical advice and not intended to be taken as medical advice. The content of this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a medical or health condition and is in no way meant to be a substitute for or delay the seeking of appropriate or professional medical care. Individual results may vary.