Ear Pinning Aliso Viejo

Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)
Do your ears make you feel self-conscious?
When to consider Ear Surgery

No other facial feature seems quite as obvious as protruding ears, especially on young children. Even the toughest cookies can become self-conscious if their ears happen to stick out from their head a little too far. Dr. Robinson recommends otoplasty, more commonly known as cosmetic ear surgery or ear pinning, to his patients of any age whose ears appear misshapen or protrude significantly, not only to correct the abnormality but also to increase confidence and self esteem.

Otoplasty can make ears more symmetrical; improve natural position, shape, or proportion; correct structural birth defects; and repair tears or distortions caused by injury. Dr. Robinson performs this procedure on adults and children whose ears have grown to full size, usually around their fifth or sixth birthday. Whether you’re young or old, the dramatic and near immediate results of ear plastic surgery will enhance your appearance and provide a psychological boost.

Dr. Ernest B. Robinson is a Board Certified Specialist in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery with more than 20 years of experience performing cosmetic and corrective otoplasty on his patients from Orange County and beyond. If you’re considering ear surgery for yourself or your child, contact Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery in Aliso Viejo to request a consultation. Call, email or complete this form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Robinson to discuss the treatments available to reach your individual corrective or cosmetic enhancement goals.

Communicating your goals for this procedure
Surgical techniques to achieve your desired outcome
Recuperating after your Ear Surgery
Expected results from this procedure
Answers to Common Questions about Ear Surgery
Patient Testimonials
Before & After Gallery

Communicating your goals for this procedure

Prior to surgery, Dr. Robinson will take your medical history, examine the structure of your ears and discuss your desired surgical outcome, be it cosmetic, reconstructive or both. He’ll review realistic expectations, describe the specific surgical technique he recommends and answer any questions you may have. To create a symmetrical appearance and achieve optimal natural looking results, he may suggest surgery on both ears, even if only one appears to need adjusting.

Surgical techniques to achieve your desired outcome

Cosmetic ear procedures usually take an hour or two and can be performed at Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery or at Pacific Hills Surgery Center. The doctor uses a local anesthetic with a mild sedative for older children and adults, and general anesthesia for his youngest patients.

Dr. Robinson begins by making an incision behind your ear in the natural fold where it’s joined to your head. He’ll remove any unnecessary cartilage or skin, re-sculpt or adjust its position to achieve the desired effect, and then secure it with stitches to hold it in place as it heals.

Recuperating after your Ear Surgery

When your surgery is complete, Dr. Robinson will place protective dressing over your ears, which you’ll wear for a few weeks to keep them properly positioned. For added protection, some patients may be required to wear a headband over their ears at night during recovery. You will need to avoid sleeping on your side until you can put pressure on your ears and the surrounding area, usually after about a week.

It’s normal for the sides of your face to feel tender after surgery, especially within the first 24 hours. Any initial discomfort is easily controlled with mild pain medication.

Dr. Robinson will advise you about post-procedure care and let you know when it’s safe to resume your normal activities, usually after four or five days of healing. You may be cleared to resume moderate exercise about a week after surgery, but you should refrain from strenuous physical activity for several weeks.

Expected results from this procedure

You will see the dramatic results of your ear surgery as soon as the protective dressing has been removed. Cosmetic ear surgery will not have any impact on your hearing, and because your ears have been positioned closer to your head, hidden surgical scars are barely visible after a few weeks.

Answers to Common Questions about Ear Surgery

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