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Ear Surgery San Francisco

Otoplasty (plastic surgery on ears) is the surgical procedure otoplasty surgeons use to modify the appearance of the external ear, especially the protruding ear.

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 performing this procedure on younger patients is to prevent ridicule and bullying once they enter school. Protruding or oversized ears are frequently a source of this type of behavior, which can affect a child socially, emotionally and academically.

Adults can also benefit from changing the shape and contour of the external ear. In these situations, 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 also be a reason to pursue ear surgery in San Francisco.

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

What is Otoplasty?

A protruding ear can occur for different reasons. One is an antihelix, a small bulge on the ear that makes it stick out. Another reason is the contable, another part on the ear by the base, can stick out too far, causing the ear to protrude. Both of these concerns can be corrected through an outpatient procedure known as otoplasty.

Dr. Maas performs otoplasty in his San Francisco surgery center. The incision for otoplasty is in the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage. Portions of the cartilage are repositioned and may be removed. Permanent sutures may be used to maintain the new position. The skin behind the ear is sutured, and a soft dressing secures and protects the ears in their new position for several days. The skin sutures are removed within a few days.

Earlobe repair is a procedure that restores the appearance of a lobe that has been damaged due to jewelry tears or stretching of the lobe caused by gauging.

Earlobe repair is generally performed by Dr. Maas right in his office at the Maas Clinic. This procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis using local anesthetic and may take an hour or two to complete. The lobe is repaired using tiny sutures to effectively minimize post-procedural scarring. Some patients may even be able to re-pierce the damaged lobe once it has healed completely.

Post Operative Care

There may be some swelling and bruising of the ears after the operation, as well as mild discomfort. The swelling subsides within the first few days and the bruising in a few weeks. Significant pain is rare, and medication can control any discomfort.

Patients are fitted with a special headband after surgery that holds the ears in their new position until they have completely healed. Most patients are back to regular activities within one week, although children may take slightly longer to recover. Once recovery is complete, the results of otoplasty in the Bay Area are permanent.

Special Ear Surgery in San Francisco

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, can effectively handle these significant deformities. The patient’s family should seek consultation with Dr. Maas for these specialized cosmetic ear surgery procedures. Dr. Maas will provide a thorough explanation of how these procedures are performed and help patients to understand what to expect before, during and after surgery.

Dr. Corey Maas and the staff at The Maas Clinic look forward to answering any questions you may have about ear surgery in San Francisco. To schedule an appointment, please call (415) 567-7000.

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