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Ear Surgery San Francisco

Otoplasty (plastic surgery on the ears) is used to modify the appearance of the external ear, particularly outstanding ears.

Ear surgery is one of the only plastic surgery procedures that is often performed on younger children, typically during the preschool years. The purpose of working with younger patients is to prevent ridicule or bullying once a child enters school. Protruding or outstanding ears are frequently a source of concern since this cosmetic issue can affect a child socially, emotionally and academically.

Adults can also benefit from changing the shape and contour of the external ear. In these cases, the patient may not have had correction during childhood, or the concern may have developed as a result of an injury. Defects of the ear, such as “cauliflower ear,” can be another reason to pursue ear surgery in San Francisco.

Dr. Maas has performed numerous otoplasty procedures on both children and adults. He has worked with ear surgery both at the University of California, San Francisco, where he continues to work as a clinical professor, and in his practice at The Maas Clinic. Dr. Maas is highly qualified to address a variety of cosmetic concerns involving the ear and performs the techniques necessary to achieve the best possible results for his patients.

Otoplasty for Outstanding Ears

A protruding ear can occur for different reasons. One is an antihelix, a small bulge on the ear that makes it stick out. Another cause might be that the contable, situated at the base of the ear, can stick out too far and create a protrusion. Both these concerns can be corrected through ear surgery.

Dr. Maas performs otoplasty on an outpatient basis in his San Francisco surgery center. An incision is made in the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage. Portions of the cartilage are repositioned and may be removed if necessary. Permanent sutures may be used to maintain the new position. Once the corrections are made, the skin behind the ear is sutured, and a soft dressing is put in place to secure and protect the ears in their new position. Dr. Maas will remove both the bandages and the sutures a few days after your procedure.

Ear Reduction Surgery

While most patients complain about ears that stick out, others are self-conscious about their appearance because their ears are disproportionately large in comparison to their other facial features. Dr. Maas offers macrotia or ear reduction surgery to these patients to create a balanced, harmonious facial profile. In most cases, it is the upper portion of the ear or the scapha that requires correction due to overdevelopment. Dr. Maas can reduce the size of the scapha to adjust the overall length and width of the ear. Incisions are made in the natural creases of the ears and closed using tiny sutures to minimize visible scarring after the surgery.

Earlobe Repair

Earlobe repair is a procedure that restores the appearance of a lobe that has been damaged by jewelry tears or stretched by gauging. Dr. Maas usually performs earlobe repair in his office at The Maas Clinic. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis using local anesthetic and typically takes an hour or two to complete. The lobe is repaired using tiny sutures to minimize post-procedural scarring effectively. Some patients are even able to re-pierce the damaged lobe once it heals completely.

Ear Reconstruction

Special cases of patients born without external ears or with badly deformed ears are handled in a team fashion. The microtia team at the University of California, San Francisco works together to manage these significant deformities. The patient and family can begin the process with a consultation with Dr. Maas to learn how the procedures are performed and what to expect before, during and after surgery. Dr. Maas can manage less severe deformities in his office at The Maas Clinic.

After Ear Surgery

Patients may experience some swelling and bruising of the ears after their operation, as well as mild discomfort. The swelling subsides within the first few days, and the bruising will diminish within a few weeks. Significant pain is rare, and medication can be used to keep you comfortable during the early stage of the recovery process.

Dr. Maas fits his patients with a special headband after ear surgery that holds the ears in the new position until they have completely healed. Most patients are back to regular activities within one week, although children may need slightly longer recovery time. Once recovery is complete, the results of otoplasty are permanent.

If your ears are causing you embarrassment, there are solutions available. Dr. Maas offers a variety of ear surgery techniques that can be tailored to your precise needs and aesthetic results. To learn more about your choices in ear surgery, contact The Maas Clinic today at (415) 567-7000 or contact us by email.

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