Ear Surgery

Ear surgery (otoplasty) is a relatively simple procedure designed to readjust the size and shape of large ears or ‘pin back’ ears to produce a more desirable profile and appearance. Ear surgery is most commonly performed on children between the ages of 4-14 to correct imperfections and flaws during the early phase of life. However, ear surgery can be performed on adults, and typically takes between 2-3 hours.

Dr. Zarrabi has several years of experience in performing ear surgery and uses a special technique to ensure only a few incisions are made during the procedure. Dr. Zarrabi also offers a customized approach for each surgery he performs. He will make sure you understand all of the details about the surgery and offer the best course of action for reshaping and sculpting the ears to create a more natural look.

How Ear Surgery is Performed

Ear surgery typically involves making an incision either behind the ear or directly in the crease that joins the ear to the head. Dr. Zarrabi then removes cartilage and skin around the area to reshape and sculpt the ears to a more desirable shape; sutures are used to keep the ear tissues in place and are secured at various angles to achieve desired results.

In most cases, ear surgery is performed with local anesthesia and a sedative to help you relax; since permanent stitches are applied to hold the cartilage in place, you may need to wear bandages for a brief period of time until the stitches heal. The stitches typically fade with time, and results are almost immediate.

Are You a Good Candidate for Ear Surgery?

The most common ear shape problems and imperfections can be corrected with ear surgery. You may be a good candidate for this procedure if want to:

  • Have more symmetrical ears
  • Improve the appearance of natural folds and creases of the ear
  • Correct ‘lop ear’ where the tip folds down or forward
  • Increase the size of the ear lobes
  • Improve the appearance of ears after injury or accident

Many people simply want to improve their facial appearance by having more natural-looking ears. Dr. Zarrabi specializes in ear surgery and other plastic surgery procedures designed to correct, enhance and improve the contours of the face to better your overall appearance.

Contact Dr. Zarrabi today to find out if you are a good candidate for ear surgery, and look forward to a personalized, customized approach from one of Santa Monica’s leading plastic and cosmetic surgeons.

*Individual Results May Vary

Dr. Zarrabi In the Press

Board-certified plastic surgeon Michael Zarrabi, M.D. is nationally renowned for his unique ability to blend his artistic sensibilities with the latest state-of-the-art cosmetic procedures to help patients achieve the most desirable and natural results possible. Not content with a “one size fits all” approach, he recognizes the beauty in each and every one of his patients and spends the time to understand his patient's goals. He then taps into his vast knowledge and experience to make sure that they are met.  His extraordinary skills have helped transform the lives of hundreds of patients whether he is performing facelifts, tummy tucks, full-body lifts, breast augmentations/reductions, liposuction, eyelid surgery or more simple treatments like Botox, filler, laser therapy and nonsurgical fat removal.  His work is so heralded that he has become a “go-to” expert among the media with multiple appearances on such programs as “The Doctors,” “EXTRA,” “Home & Family” and “Entertainment Tonight.”  With Dr. Zarrabi, you can rest assured that you are in the best hands.

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