Otoplasty - Blum Facial Surgery in San Joaquin Valley

Ear Reshaping Surgery (Otoplasty) by Dr. Mitchell Blum

Mitchell Blum, M.D., F.A.C.S. - Elite Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

“<itemprop=”name”>Otoplasty, ear reshaping, or “ear pinning is a solution “for patients struggling with protruding, or oversized, ears. Larger, or “outstanding,” “ears may cause children and adults to become very self-conscious about their facial appearance. Larger ears may attract unwanted attention or distract from the natural beauty of one’s face. California Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Mitchell Blum pins back or reshapes the ears for an attractive look, always keeping a patient’s hearing in mind.

Who is a Candidate for Ear Reshaping or Otoplasty?

Healthy men, women, and children who are seeking improvement to the appearance of their ears are excellent candidates for ear reshaping, or otoplasty. Surgery may be performed on any patient over the age of 5. Ideal patients are in good overall health and have realistic expectations of what this surgery can accomplish. An experienced otoplastic surgeon like Dr. Mitchell Blum always places patient safety first and carefully screens patients to determine their candidacy. Dr. Blum will recommend the best course of treatment to reduce the risk of complications while delivering the best aesthetic results.

otoplasty / ear surgery

What is the Recovery like from Ear Pinning or Otoplasty?

Ear pinning, or otoplasty, may be performed with moderate sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s preference and age. When performed on very young children ear reconstruction may be carried out in a hospital setting. For those patients who need a small correction, the treatment may be performed in Dr. Mitchell Blum’s office under local anesthesia.

Dr. Blum is experienced in a wide array of ear reshaping techniques. During ear pinning surgery Dr. Blum makes a small incision on the back of the ear to expose the cartilage. He then repositions the cartilage closer to the head in a more appealing position. Any excess cartilage is removed. Scarring is minimal and the sutures are securely hidden underneath the skin.

For reconstructive ear surgery, Dr. Mitchell Blum will use one of several state-of-the-art techniques, depending on the degree of correction and invasiveness needed. Dr. Blum has vast experience reconstructing ear defects resulting from trauma, congenital hypoplasia (microtia), cancer, or overly large ears. Dr. Mitchell Blum is one of Tracy’s only double Board certified Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons with the expertise to reconstruct a cosmetically appealing ear while maintaining hearing function. Dr. Blum will spend time evaluating your case, answering any questions, and discussing the best course of action with you during a consultation.

Ear reshaping is performed on an outpatient basis. Most patients return home a few hours after surgery. After the procedure, the ears will be bandaged securely to facilitate healing and minimize swelling. Length of recovery time depends on the complexity of the procedure and varies from patient to patient. Mild discomfort, bruising, or swelling lasts 7 to 10 days. Most patients are able to return to work, school, or other daily activities within about one week. Avoidance of contact sports is recommended for about one month after surgery. Dr. Mitchell Blum reduces bruising and recovery time with the use of homeopathic and herbal options. Detailed postoperative and aftercare instructions will be provided to each patient.

For those patients considering otoplasty, or ear reshaping, should carefully evaluate their surgeon’s credentials and training. Dr. Blum is double Board certified Head and Neck Surgeon, with extensive knowledge to deliver the best cosmetic results while safeguarding proper ear and hearing function.

Otoplasty Before & After Photos