What is Cosmetic Ear Surgery?
Ear surgery can redefine the size, position, and shape of the ears to create a normal or rejuvenated appearance at L Plastic Surgery. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Charles K. Lee, accepts patients for cosmetic ear pinning starting at age five. If there is a trauma to the outside of the ear or earlobe, he will also meet with you for a consultation at any age. Our practice, L Plastic Surgery, offers both types of ear surgeries: aesthetic improvements or procedures to stitch an ear (or two) back to health. No need for your child to feel the social angst that can come from prominent ears. Once the ears are grown, otoplasty can be very beneficial not only to his or her looks but to limit the teasing protruding or big ears may cause at that age. Make an appointment for yourself or your young one at our San Francisco, CA office for cosmetic ear surgery.
"When you want work done to your body or face, you want to make sure you go to the right doctor. It took me years to finally choose one and I'm so glad I chose Dr. Lee. He is an amazing surgeon and I would definitely recommend him to anyone that wants any procedures done. It's been 5 weeks since I got breast augmentation and they're healing very well. The scars are very light and will get even lighter after time. He will give you his honest opinion about your suggestions and will make you look very natural. Most doctors just want your money and do whatever you want, but Dr. Lee cares about his reputation and that's why he gets so many referrals. I have a ton of friends who are going to him after seeing my breasts. I absolutely love them :)"- S.R. / Yelp / Jan 25, 2020
"For 10 years I thought and considered doing a breast implant. The desire for the procedure intensified a year and half ago and I started searching for the best cosmetic surgeon. I did several consultations with quite a number of them but when I consulted with Dr Lee, I knew without a doubt that he was the surgeon I have been looking for, for a year and half. Apart from great reviews and qualifications of Dr Lee, I felt his passion and excitement for what he does. You could see that he loves his job and genuinely cares about his clients. He took time to explain in great detail, the procedure. Dr Lee and his beautiful, kind staff spent at least two hours with me. I knew that consultation day that my search for the best cosmetic surgeon for my breast implant was over. The day of the surgery October 2019, I was relaxed and ready because I knew I was in good hands. The procedure went smoothly. Dr Lee strictly instructed the nurses how to take care of me to the point of how to position me, that was going above and beyond. I had a follow up with him twice a week. In all the follow ups, he assessed the surgical site and changed the dressing himself. The outcome of my surgery was simply beautiful..perfect. I am grateful to Dr Charles Lee and his staff. He gave me my confidence and happiness back."- N.K. / Yelp / Feb 10, 2021
"My Amazing Double Eyelid Surgery Experience - I'd been wanting to get a double eyelid surgery for a long time, and had spent years browsing through different doctors and offices in LA, SF, and even Korea. I had monolids and asymmetry that I desired to change. As soon as I turned 18, I was eager to get the procedure done, and found the reviews for Dr. Lee's practice to be most promising. Additionally, it was located close by to where I was soon to be moving. Even with the obstacles posed by COVID-19, Dr. Lee and his staff - Diana is lovely! - made me feel extremely comfortable; it felt like they truly listened to and cared about my wants and needs. They were also wonderfully supportive, and didn't once judge the fact that I was young and going about the entire process on my own. Dr. Lee played music during the surgery, and kept me updated throughout the whole procedure. From first consultation to follow-up was smooth, detailed, and enjoyable - their communication and customer service is impeccable. I am now about 5 months post-op, and couldn't be happier with the results; not only is the look very natural per my preference, but scarring is already minimal. I am able to experiment with all the makeup looks that I couldn't have achieved before, and I wake up feeling beautiful, confident, and more like myself every day."- S. / RealSelf / Feb 08, 2021
"It’s been 8 months since I had eyelid surgery with Dr. Charles Lee. I’m very happy with the results. He did such a wonderful job. Dr Lee and his staff are very nice and professional. They all made me feel comfortable. I’m just upset I didn’t do it sooner, but better late than never."- F.S. / Yelp / Jan 30, 2021
"Dr Lee was incredible. He understood where I was at in my botox journey and gave me the right units to achieve a natural look. I mostly was aiming to prevent my frown lines near brow and forehead. I was referred to him by a friend and am very happy with the results."- D.K. / Yelp / Dec 17, 2020
Who Can Have Ear Surgery?
Don't distress about the appearance of your ears. We offer ear surgery services for patients in need of aesthetic improvements or need to be stitched back to health.
We offer ear pinning surgeries for patients of all ages, however, most are between the ages of 5 – 7 years old. Called otoplasty, Dr. Lee performs ear pinning by repositioning the skin and cartilage of the ears with fine sutures.
Earlobe Tears or Repairs
The popularity of ear gauges and big earrings are making earlobe reconstruction a popular surgery at L Plastic Surgery because they can disfigure your earlobes. When an earlobe is torn, split, or ripped the only remedy is an earlobe repair by a qualified surgeon. Dr. Lee has experience in repairing or reconstructing damaged earlobes.
Dr. Lee's Surgical Techniques
Your cosmetic ear surgery will be customized to you or your child's needs. Dr. Lee may recommend using general, local, or intravenous sedation for the procedure.
Patients that are having their ears positioned closer to the head will require incisions made behind the ears or within the inner folds of the ear. Dr. Lee may need to remove or add some cartilage to make this surgery look more natural. Generally, ear pinning is performed on both ears, but it may be that one ear is higher than the other or protrudes differently than the other ear. Either way, Dr. Lee can make both ears look more symmetrical and balanced. Once the cosmetic surgery is complete, the incisions will be closed with sutures. Recovery will take place at home. Our medical team will educate you on how to clean the surgical sites to prevent infection and excessive scarring.
Dr. Lee can perform an earlobe repair for you with a local anesthetic. Each lobe can take up to 35 – 45 minutes to suture closed. He usually puts in the type of sutures that you have to return to our office in 2 - 3 weeks to have removed. You will be able to return to work the same day if needed. We will give you instructions on how to care for your repaired earlobe to minimize scarring.
Ear Surgery Recovery
When the ear procedure is over, you will recover at home. Dr. Lee or a member of his team will send you home with recovery instructions. It's very important to not pick at or touch the ears. In addition, you or your child should not lay on the ears, and instead, sleep upright for the first few days. Dr. Lee recommends seeing patients back within the first week. During this appointment time, Dr. Lee will be able to check you or your child's surgical results. The outcomes can be seen right away, and the results will continue to look better as the ears heal.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will the results of ear surgery last?
The ears typically grow faster compared to other parts of the face and body, which is why an otoplasty can be performed on younger patients with long-lasting results. Dr. Lee will assess the ears and then discuss realistic expectations and how long the results should last. Even as the body and face can change due to age and gravity, the impact on the ears is usually minimal. In the event there are dramatic modifications to your ears due to an injury, additional surgeries may be required.
How old should my child be to consider otoplasty?
On average, children about 5 – 6 years old are perfect candidates for ear surgery. Although the ear is usually fully grown, the cartilage and tissue will still be soft, making it easy to change. This age is also good since it's before they start school or early in their education, so that they can avoid teasing from their classmates. Although many otoplasty patients are young children, Dr. Lee also performs ear surgery on adults.
Do I need to have both ears done or just one?
The most common problems, including ears that are too large or stick out, occur in both ears, which means both will need to be addressed. During the surgery, Dr. Lee will shape both ears so they are as equal as possible. However, if just one ear needs to be altered, the size and shape will be altered to match the other ear. When he creates your treatment plan, Dr. Lee will let you know if one or both ears need to be addressed.
Need a Cosmetic Ear Surgeon?
While the ears are small, an abnormal position, shape, or size may make a significant difference in your appearance. Ear surgery (otoplasty) may help your child avoid teasing by classmates, or help you if you have always felt unhappy with your ears. It is also how we can repair split or severely stretched out earlobes. Please reach out to us at Contact L Plastic Surgery in San Francisco, CA to schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Lee, and learn more about cosmetic ear reshaping or repair surgery. Our team looks forward to helping you achieve a look you can love and the confidence to show it off.