About Cosmetic Ear Surgery
Ears that appear to protrude outward, are asymmetrical or misshapen, or look unnaturally big can negatively impact your self-esteem, especially when you are young. Otoplasty (ear reshaping) is a cosmetic procedure that helps to recontour the size, position, and shape of the ears to result in a better appearance. Dr. Ethan Baughman is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Westlake Village, CA who has helped many women, men, and children to improve the appearance of their ears and their confidence with cosmetic ear surgery (also known as otoplasty). No matter the cosmetic issue, otoplasty at Ethan Baughman Plastic Surgery allows a patient to proudly show their face at any angle with newfound confidence. If you or your child are worried about the shape or size of their ears, make an appointment with Dr. Baughman to find out about your options for otoplasty.
"Dr Baughman was professional, friendly and explained my procedure in a way I understood. I felt very confident with his work. Contacting him with questions and concerns were answered quickly. He emails with a summary what was done and follow up very quickly after the appointment, which I really appreciated."- P.H. / Google / Jun 10, 2022
"I recently under went wrist surgery and Doctor Ethan Baughman was absolutely phenomenal! Not only did he repair everything on spot perfectly in the nick of time, but he also held great conversations that helped me get through everything. Talking with Doctor Baughman is like speaking with a close friend or family member. Just an all around great doctor to have and I trust him completely in reconstruction. His work is precise and does not disappoint whatsoever. He is so good with what he does, I wish he was my personal doctor. Phenomenal work!"- J.D. / Google / Jun 09, 2022
"Dr. Baughman made my girlfriend and I feel comfortable from the very start. He was kind and professional. Treated both of us as intelligent individuals making a lifelong decision. There was no air of high pressure sales. No upselling. He asked what we were there to accomplish and was receptive to our wants and wishes. Many times we asked him what he might suggest and he almost always deferred to what ‘our preference was’. The date of the surgery went smoothly and we were well informed about what to expect and how to administer care and medication. We reached out via text several times during the first week of recovery and he was quick to respond with helpful advice. He actually moved up the post op appointment a few days to address some of our concerns about her discomfort. He didn’t make us feel uncomfortable about asking questions or treat us like we were inconveniencing him. He simply answered each of our questions with a gentle reassurance that things were coming along just as planned and the results speak for themselves. We are both very happy with the results and would recommend this surgeon to anyone looking into getting a breast augmentation and lift."- B.B. / Google / May 24, 2022
"Dr Baughman help my dear son with surgery on his left wrist after he dislocated in the gym he really take care of my dear son we are very happy with the results on behalf of my family and my son we sincerely thank you and appreciate you thanks for everything"- R.G. / Google / May 02, 2022
"I had a great experience with Dr. B! He’s personable & professional. He listened to my goals and took the time to give me a complete overview of my procedure and kept me well-informed throughout the process. Post-op, I feel great and Dr. B has been easy to reach and extremely helpful in recovery. Thankful to be well taken care of."- B.D. / Google / Apr 26, 2022
Ear reshaping surgery can be performed at any age; however, it is often most common among children and can usually be done before the start of elementary school. Ear surgery can improve the shape and size of your ear, as well as ears that are misshapen or protrude outward. If you have torn, stretched, or damaged earlobes, you may also be a candidate for cosmetic ear surgery.
Ear reshaping surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure with general anesthesia or IV sedation. Most often, the incision is placed around the back portion of the ear or within the inner folds. During this procedure, cartilage will be manipulated to create a new contour and a natural-looking appearance. It's generally common for each ear to be addressed during treatment to make sure they appear symmetrical. After the procedure, the incisions are stitched and the ears are carefully wrapped to protect the results.
What to Expect
Once the procedure is finished, you or your child will be released after an observation period to begin recovering at home. Dr. Baughman or a member of his team will send you home with instructions for recovery. It's very important to not touch or scratch the ears. Also, you should not lay on the ears and instead, sleep propped up for the first few days. The first follow-up appointment is usually set for 3 – 5 days after the surgery so Dr. Baughman can take off the coverings and check the results. Some changes may be visible right away and results will continue to improve as the ears heal.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does ear surgery cost?
Costs for ear surgery will be based on what's being done (ear pinning, shaping, earlobe repair, or a combination of these). Once Dr. Baughman understands your issues and wants, he will make your treatment plan and estimate expenses. In order to concentrate on getting the outcomes that you want rather than prices, Ethan Baughman Plastic Surgery takes several payments and a member of our team will help you obtain low-interest financing.
Will the results of ear surgery last?
Normally, the ears grow faster compared to other areas of the body and face, which is the reason why ear surgery can be done on younger patients with long-term outcomes. Dr. Baughman will examine the ears and then talk about what to expect along with how long the outcomes may last. While the body and face can change dramatically from gravity and age, the impact on the ears is usually minimal. If your ears change significantly, another surgery may be performed.
How old should my child be to consider otoplasty?
Typically, kids about 5 – 6 years old are perfect candidates for ear surgery. Although the ear is generally fully grown, the tissue and cartilage are still malleable, which makes it easy to change. This age is also great as it's before they begin school or early in their schooling so that they can avoid teasing from their classmates. Even though a lot of ear surgery patients are young children, Dr. Baughman also performs otoplasty on adults.
Do I need to have both ears done or just one?
The most common problems, such as ears that are oversized or stick out, occur in both ears, which means both will need to be fixed. During ear surgery, Dr. Baughman will adjust both ears to make them as symmetrical as possible. However, if just one ear has to be altered, the shape and size will be adjusted to mirror the untreated ear. When he creates your surgical plan, Dr. Baughman will tell you if one or both ears need to be corrected.
What about fixing stretched or torn earlobes?
The trend of ear gauges and big earrings are making earlobe reconstruction a popular operation at Ethan Baughman Plastic Surgery. If you're considering getting earlobe repair, schedule an appointment with Dr. Baughman. He will analyze your ear and then explain what might be done in order to repair your earlobes.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,000 - $11,000
- Recovery Time
- 5 – 14 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 – 3 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Reshape Your Ears
While the ears are not very big, an unusual shape, size, or position may make a significant difference in your appearance. Otoplasty (ear surgery) may help your child avoid getting teased by classmates, or help you if you have always felt unhappy with your ears. Call Ethan Baughman Plastic Surgery in Westlake Village, CA to schedule a consultation and learn more about ear surgery.