Otoplasty (Ear Pinning): Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Highlight

Ears that are prominent from the head can be a source of embarrassment for adults and especially for children. Children can be mean and relentless in their teasing about ears that stick out and/or are too large on another child. Otoplasty, also known as ear pinning or an ear tuck, is a surgical process that can reshape and/or reposition the ears so they have a more normal relationship with the head and face.

Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins has performed many ear pinning surgeries on adults and children, as young as 6 years old. This may sound surprising to you but otoplasty can be done on a child as young as 6 or 7 because by that time the ears are about 90% of the size they will be as an adult. The recovery time for an ear tuck surgery is about one to two weeks for a child (and an adult) and can easily be done during summer vacation with plenty of time left to enjoy the summer months.

Below is a picture of an actual patient of Dr. Perkins who had an otoplasty / ear tuck surgery in Santa Barbara at Cosmetic Surgery Center:

Dr. Perkins can also treat earlobes that are too large. This can be done by removing the lobes the extra earlobe tissue with incisions hidden under the ear and against the cheek.

For more information about otoplasty in Santa Barbara by Dr. Perkins, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Perkins, please call his office at 805-563-0000. Cosmetic Surgery Center is located in Santa Barbara near to Cottage Hospital.

Otoplasty – Ear Surgery – by Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgeon

October’s cosmetic surgery highlight is otoplasty – more commonly known as ear surgery, ear pinning or an ear tuck. At Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara, we perform otoplasty on a patient of almost any age, even children, as the relationship between the ear and the head will not change as a person ages.

The most common problem related to ears is that they are too prominent, or stick out, from the side of the head. Treatment involves reshaping/repositioning the tissue so there is symmetry of the two sides as well as a more normal relationship of the ear to the face and side of the head. The ear should roughly parallel the plane of the cheek. Too close to the head is no better than too far out.
Another problem that bothers many people is having earlobes that are too large. This can be readily treated in most cases by removing the “extra” earlobe tissue and hiding the incisions under the ear and against the cheek.
Patients who are good candidates for ear surgery are typically extremely happy with the results. See our Before-and-After Picture Gallery of Dr. Perkins’ ear surgery patients.
For an appointment with Dr. Perkins, contact Cosmetic Surgery Center at 805.563.0000.

Ear Pinning Cosmetic Surgery on a Child Featured On “Good Morning America”

Today on Good Morning America they did a segment on cosmetic surgery and kids. Featured was 7-year old Samantha whose ears stick out prominently (called “cup ears”) with the right ear even flopping over. Samantha’s mom said that she feels her child is shy and worries about her being bullied or made fun of because of her ears. In fact, Samantha’s mom says that even adults have commented on her daughter’s ears since she was a baby.

The interviewer follows Samantha and her mother to New York where her she gets cosmetic ear surgery (also known as ear pinning or an ear tuck) and, after a week of healing, her new ears are revealed.

Some may think that seven years is such a young age for any type of surgery, let alone one that is purely cosmetic. The doctor on the show pointed out that by the age of six the ears are about 90% the size of what they will be as an adult which is why this procedure can be done on children as young as six or seven. The timeout the child takes for the surgery and recovery – give or take about two weeks – is a considerably shorter time than the years the child may endure of teasing and bullying if the ears were left as is. Judging from the enthusiasm by Samantha and her mom of the results, the ear surgery was well worth it.

Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins has performed ear pinning on young children at his Cosmetic Surgery Center practice. View Dr. Perkins’ ear surgery before-and-after pictures. For an ear tuck consultation, call Cosmetic Surgery Center at 805-563-0000.

Ear Pinning (Otoplasty) in Santa Barbara: Cosmetic Surgery Highlight from Dr. Perkins

Otoplasty, also known as ear pinning, is one surgery that Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins will perform on patients of almost any age. The most common cosmetic problem related to ears is that they are too prominent or stick out from the side of the head.

Treatment involves reshaping/repositioning this tissue so there is symmetry of the two sides as well as a more normal relationship of the ear to the face and side of the head. The ear should roughly parallel the plane of the cheek. Too close to the head is no better than too far out!

Another problem that bothers many people is having earlobes that are too large. This can be readily treated in most cases by removing the “extra” earlobe tissue and hiding the incisions under the ear and against the cheek.

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For more information on ear pinning surgery, contact Dr. Perkins at Cosmetic Surgery Center Santa Barbara at 805.563.000o.

Teen Plastic Surgery: Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins Weighs In

Cosmetic Surgery Center’s Dr. Terry Perkins was recently featured in a Santa Barbara NewsPress article looking at teen plastic surgery throughout the nation and in Santa Barbara. The article quotes teen plastic surgery statistics from The American Society of Plastic Surgery and the numbers may be higher than you expect. In 2005, more than 333,000 cosmetic procedures were performed on patients 18 and younger, as opposed to almost ten years prior (1996) where only a scant 14,000 teens had a cosmetic procedure done. Surgeries included nose reshaping (rhinoplasty), ear pinning (otoplasty), breast enlargement, liposuction, chin augmentation and tummy tucks.

It seems, however, that the consensus between Dr. Perkins and a few other Santa Barbara plastic surgeons interviewed in the article, is that there has not been a noticeable spike in Santa Barbara teens seeking plastic surgery. Dr. Perkins and another surgeon also take a more conservative approach when addressing teens seeking plastic surgery. As for Dr. Perkins, a patient’s “emotional maturity is a top priority” as well as a realistic sense of what surgery entails and that results are not guaranteed.

Dr. Perkins, who does not perform breast augmentation with implants (see a previous post on how Dr. Perkins can do “natural breast augmentation”) does do a handful of cosmetic surgeries on teens (and sometimes younger) including correcting protruding ears and nose re-shaping:

Otoplasty (ear surgery): Also known as ear pinning, or an ear tuck, involves re-shaping or repositioning the tissue so there is symmetry as well as a more normal relationship of the ear to the face and the side of the head. Dr. Perkins can also treat earlobes that are too big by removing the “extra” tissue through hidden incisions.

Rhinoplasty (nasal surgery): Also known as a nose job or nose re-shaping, can be done to help either appearance or breathing function. Dr. Perkins can alter the bone, the cartilage, and soft tissue under the skin to create a more ideal relationship among the parts. Dr. Perkins can also address a deviated septum, which often causes breathing difficulties.

Read the entire Santa Barbara NewsPress article on teen plastic surgery here.

Contact Dr. Perkins’ Cosmetic Surgery Center medical office for a cosmetic surgery consultation at 805.563.0000.