Ear Reshaping Surgery – Monterey Otoplasty

Prominent ears can attract unwanted attention that can potentially harm a person’s self-image. Ear surgery—also called ear pinning or otoplasty—with Monterey plastic surgeon Dr. Douglas Sunde is usually performed to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears.

Ear Surgery for Children

Otoplasty is often performed on children after the age of 5, when the ears reach full size. Otoplasty for a child can help him or her avoid teasing from others and a lifetime of self-doubt resulting from unusually shaped ears. Ear surgery with Dr. Sunde can also address defects in the ear structure, whether that defect is the result of an injury or was present at birth.

Adult Otoplasty

For adults in Monterey, otoplasty (ear pinning) plastic surgery can address life-long concerns about their appearance. Dr. Sunde may reshape or reduce the size of the ears to help them appear symmetrical and streamlined with the contours of the face, helping to improve how each patient feels about his or her appearance.

Ear Pinning Procedure Details

Depending on the extent of the procedure, otoplasty can be performed using a local anesthetic or general anesthesia provided by a board certified anesthesiologist. Dr. Sunde takes great care to conceal any necessary incisions on the back of the ear or within the fold at the front of the ear. During the procedure, he places internal, permanent sutures to give the cartilage its new shape.

Even minor changes to the ear contour can have a very positive impact on a patient’s life. With the ears in a more proportional, subtle position, patients can feel more confident in their appearance and no longer feel the need to wear their hair in a style that hides their ears.

Schedule a Personal Consultation

If you or your child is bothered by the shape, size or position of the ears, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sunde. He will listen closely to your concerns and answer any questions you may have about otoplasty.