Otoplasty


 

Have you been bothered for years by prominently outset or misshapen ears? Has it taken a toll on your self-image? Would you like to free yourself from wearing hats or limiting hairstyles to hide your ears? Do you wonder if you're a candidate for otoplasty surgery?

Perhaps your teenager has ears that prominently protrude or are malformed. Is cruel teasing from other kids hurting his or her self-esteem and confidence?

If yes, then you (or your teenager) may be a good candidate for a simple, straightforward ear surgery known as otoplasty.

How Does Otoplasty Change My Looks?

Dr. Macdonald commonly performs cosmetic ear surgery on adults and teenagers. Otoplasty is a surgical repair, restoration or correction of any deformity in your auricle or pinna—the exterior part of your ear.

This surgery "pins" your ears back to a more flush position against the sides of your head. It also may include reshaping any flat or misshapen portion of your upper ears.

What Should I Do Before Surgery?

For information on key things to remember to do, or to make sure you avoid, prior to your otoplasty read about before treatment tips. Most importantly, make sure you plan some peaceful downtime for recovery before returning to work or school.

Otoplasty Surgery Details

Otoplasty is a fairly simple, low-risk surgery with well-hidden, inconspicuous incisions and quick recovery. It substantially boosts confidence and self-esteem for any patient.

  • Hidden fusiform incisions go in the natural crease behind your ears.
  • Dr. Macdonald repositions your ears into natural alignment flush against your head. He reshapes your cartilage and soft tissue to properly form the natural folds and contours of your ears.
  • A soft pressure bandage dressing is applied to hold your ears in proper position through the first few days of healing.
  • The surgical procedure takes 1½-2 hours.

In our experience, insurance often covers at least some portion of this surgery when performed on patients under 17 years of age. So, if your teen is suffering through the heartache of high school ridicule due to overly protruding ears, don’t delay; complete the form to the right to seek a consultation with Dr. Macdonald now.

An unusually large nose or significantly protruding ears can quite negatively affect and define a child’s self-image. Similarly, rhinoplasty is another aesthetic surgical procedure that Dr. Macdonald commonly performs on teenagers beginning at 13-16 years old.

Healing After Otoplasty

  • Almost no discomfort occurs post-op. In fact, the ears often feel numb for 2-3 months. Sensation gradually returns during that time.
  • Usual, non-strenuous daily activity may resume within 2 days.
  • Bandages are removed after 5-7 days. However, a sports-type headband should be worn while sleeping for 4-8 weeks post-op.
  • Sutures are removed at 5-7 days.
  • For 3 weeks post-op, refrain from bending over (with your head below your heart) or sleeping on your side.
  • You are healed with final results at 2-3 months.

Get any additional detailed after treatment you may require to ensure the best healing possible from your otoplasty surgery.

About Dr. Michael Macdonald

Dr. Macdonald is a skilled specialist in Cosmetic and Facial Plastic Surgery. He is Board Certified as a Diplomat of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and a Diplomat of the American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. After earning his medical degree at Queen's University, Dr. Macdonald completed an internship at North York General Hospital, followed by residencies at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the University of Toronto. He then completed Advanced Fellowship training in Cosmetic Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery under the auspices of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) at the University of California-San Francisco.

Dr. Macdonald is Director of the Aesthetic Surgery Center Inc. in San Francisco, and serves as Chief of the Division of Head and Neck Surgery of the Alameda Health System in the East Bay (Alameda County Medical Center, San Leandro Hospital, and Alameda Hospital) where he acts as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery of the University of California. He also serves as Director of a BOTOX* Cosmetic National Physician Training Center. In addition to his clinical appointment through UC-San Francisco, he has taught at the Meiji College of Oriental Medicine and been a lecturer for the Oakland Kaiser Head and Neck Surgery training program. He is the author of several medical articles and has received numerous awards and scholarships related to his clinical research. He speaks at professional engagements and presentations throughout the country and internationally.

Dr. Macdonald participates in the National Domestic Violence Program of the American Academy of Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgery to repair wounds and deformities of victims of domestic violence. He also has participated in medical missions to Guatemala to repair congenital deformities in children. In earlier years, he was a camp counselor at Camp Laurel for HIV positive children and Camp Oochigeas for children with cancer. He is an ongoing supporter of The Little Jim Club of San Francisco whereby he raises money to help fund pediatric medical programs of the California Pacific Medical Center.

Patient Care Philosophy

Dr. Macdonald specializes in treating men and women who wish to improve their appearance. He emphasizes an individually tailored approach in evaluating and treating his patients to produce the most natural looking results possible with minimal recovery time.

Dr. Macdonald's areas of greatest interest include rhinoplasty, septoplasty, paranasal sinus surgery, liposuction and liposculpting and facial rejuvenation surgery - blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), facelift, neck lift and brow lift surgery, facial contouring including chin augmentation, cheek and jaw contouring. He and his carefully selected and trained staff are experts in the art of facial contouring with fillers (liquid rhinoplasty, liquid facelift, lip enhancement, cheek revolumization), neurotoxins (Botox*, Dysport*, Jeuveau*), and Kybella* and advanced skin care with laser treatments (laser resurfacing for wrinkles, large pores and acne scars, BBL for discoloration and sun spots, and Skin Tyte), micro-needling, chemical peels and facial treatments. At the Aesthetic Surgery Center in San Francisco, California, Dr. Macdonald uses state-of-the-art techniques and technology to achieve customized results focused on each patient's unique goals and needs.

Dr. Macdonald provides the highest quality of medical care to his patients by attending to each patient's concerns in the following manner:

* The doctor-patient interaction begins with a detailed consultation. Dr. Macdonald's caring and sensitive style sets the patient at ease right away. This allows a thorough discussion of each patient's unique personal needs, concerns, goals and expectations.
* Dr. Macdonald is meticulous in assessing various options available to each patient, with a view to identifying which procedure is best suited for the individual in question. As patient safety is of the utmost importance to Dr. Macdonald, he avoids taking any and all risks in pursuing recommended treatment.
* In assessing optimal care, each patient's aesthetic goals and expectations are balanced with other life considerations such as exercise, diet, and personal time constraints. The planning process is thoroughly discussed with each patient in an effort to facilitate an informed and comprehensive decision making process.
* Close, personal attention is given to each patient by Dr. Macdonald and his highly trained staff at the San Francisco Aesthetic Surgery Center throughout all phases of treatment, including surgery, recovery, and follow-up periods.

Dr. Macdonald is constantly updating his knowledge and refining his skills in applying state-of-the-art medical techniques of patient care. He attends local, national, and international continuing medical education programs on a regular basis. He has developed an artistic approach in the application of advanced procedures to achieve optimal results for his patients.

Dr. Macdonald and the Aesthetic Surgery Center welcome new patients from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as nationally and internationally. With specialized expertise in primary and revision nasal surgery and in eyelid rejuvenation surgery, Dr. Macdonald frequently treats patients who travel from throughout the country and around the world to this downtown San Francisco location, in the heart of Union Square. Dr. Macdonald speaks both English and French. His staff also speak Tagalog.

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Dr. Macdonald is a skilled specialist in Cosmetic and Facial Plastic Surgery. He is Board Certified as a Diplomat of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and a Diplomat of the American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. After earning his medical degree at Queen's University, Dr. Macdonald completed an internship at North York General Hospital, followed by residencies at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the University of Toronto. He then completed Advanced Fellowship training in Cosmetic Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery under the auspices of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) at the University of California-San Francisco.

Dr. Macdonald is Director of the Aesthetic Surgery Center Inc. in San Francisco, and serves as Chief of the Division of Head and Neck Surgery of the Alameda Health System in the East Bay (Alameda County Medical Center, San Leandro Hospital, and Alameda Hospital) where he acts as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery of the University of California. He also serves as Director of a BOTOX* Cosmetic National Physician Training Center. In addition to his clinical appointment through UC-San Francisco, he has taught at the Meiji College of Oriental Medicine and been a lecturer for the Oakland Kaiser Head and Neck Surgery training program. He is the author of several medical articles and has received numerous awards and scholarships related to his clinical research. He speaks at professional engagements and presentations throughout the country and internationally.

Dr. Macdonald participates in the National Domestic Violence Program of the American Academy of Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgery to repair wounds and deformities of victims of domestic violence. He also has participated in medical missions to Guatemala to repair congenital deformities in children. In earlier years, he was a camp counselor at Camp Laurel for HIV positive children and Camp Oochigeas for children with cancer. He is an ongoing supporter of The Little Jim Club of San Francisco whereby he raises money to help fund pediatric medical programs of the California Pacific Medical Center.

Patient Care Philosophy

Dr. Macdonald specializes in treating men and women who wish to improve their appearance. He emphasizes an individually tailored approach in evaluating and treating his patients to produce the most natural looking results possible with minimal recovery time.

Dr. Macdonald's areas of greatest interest include rhinoplasty, septoplasty, paranasal sinus surgery, liposuction and liposculpting and facial rejuvenation surgery - blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), facelift, neck lift and brow lift surgery, facial contouring including chin augmentation, cheek and jaw contouring. He and his carefully selected and trained staff are experts in the art of facial contouring with fillers (liquid rhinoplasty, liquid facelift, lip enhancement, cheek revolumization), neurotoxins (Botox*, Dysport*, Jeuveau*), and Kybella* and advanced skin care with laser treatments (laser resurfacing for wrinkles, large pores and acne scars, BBL for discoloration and sun spots, and Skin Tyte), micro-needling, chemical peels and facial treatments. At the Aesthetic Surgery Center in San Francisco, California, Dr. Macdonald uses state-of-the-art techniques and technology to achieve customized results focused on each patient's unique goals and needs.

Dr. Macdonald provides the highest quality of medical care to his patients by attending to each patient's concerns in the following manner:

* The doctor-patient interaction begins with a detailed consultation. Dr. Macdonald's caring and sensitive style sets the patient at ease right away. This allows a thorough discussion of each patient's unique personal needs, concerns, goals and expectations.
* Dr. Macdonald is meticulous in assessing various options available to each patient, with a view to identifying which procedure is best suited for the individual in question. As patient safety is of the utmost importance to Dr. Macdonald, he avoids taking any and all risks in pursuing recommended treatment.
* In assessing optimal care, each patient's aesthetic goals and expectations are balanced with other life considerations such as exercise, diet, and personal time constraints. The planning process is thoroughly discussed with each patient in an effort to facilitate an informed and comprehensive decision making process.
* Close, personal attention is given to each patient by Dr. Macdonald and his highly trained staff at the San Francisco Aesthetic Surgery Center throughout all phases of treatment, including surgery, recovery, and follow-up periods.

Dr. Macdonald is constantly updating his knowledge and refining his skills in applying state-of-the-art medical techniques of patient care. He attends local, national, and international continuing medical education programs on a regular basis. He has developed an artistic approach in the application of advanced procedures to achieve optimal results for his patients.

Dr. Macdonald and the Aesthetic Surgery Center welcome new patients from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as nationally and internationally. With specialized expertise in primary and revision nasal surgery and in eyelid rejuvenation surgery, Dr. Macdonald frequently treats patients who travel from throughout the country and around the world to this downtown San Francisco location, in the heart of Union Square. Dr. Macdonald speaks both English and French. His staff also speak Tagalog.


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