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Department of Otolaryngology

Department of Otolaryngology

Ear Surgery

The Surgery

Surgery begins with an incision just behind the ear, in the natural fold where the ear is joined to the head. Cartilage and skin is removed to achieve the right effect. In some cases, the cartilage is trimmed, shaping it into a more desirable form and then pull the cartilage back with permanent sutures to secure the cartilage. In other instances, cartilage will not be removed at all, with stitches being used to hold the cartilage permanently in place. After sculpting the cartilage to the desired shape, sutures will be applied to anchor the ear until healing occurs to hold the ear in the desired position.

Post Surgery

Soft dressings applied to the ear will remain for a few days. Most patients experience some mild discomfort. If you are accustomed to sleeping on your side, your sleep patterns may be disrupted for a week or so because you cannot put any pressure on the ear areas. Headbands are sometimes recommended to hold the ears in the desired position for several weeks after surgery.

The risks are minimal. Infection and blood clots must be watched for are more rare. There will be a thin white scar behind the ear after healing. Because this scar is in a natural crease behind the ear, the problem of visibility is inconsequential. Anything unusual should be reported immediately.

Insurance does not generally cover surgery that is purely for cosmetic reasons. Surgery to correct or improve birth defects or traumatic injuries may be reimbursable in whole in part.

 

Jonathan Sykes, M.D., F.A.C.S. is the Director of Facial Plastic Surgery at UC Davis Health System and is a nationally recognized educator and leader in minimally invasive esthetic and laser surgery. He has performed over 10,000 surgical procedures, is board-certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and has published over 100 articles. He believes that the goal of esthetic surgery is to create balanced proportion of all facial features. Surgery should provide improvement without an operated look.

Travis Tollefson, M.D., F.A.C.S.  is a board certified surgeon, who along with Jonathan Sykes enjoys traveling with surgical teams that perform reconstructive surgery for underprivileged children in foreign countries. Both surgeons specialize in facial rejuvenation including nasal reshaping (rhinoplasty), browlifts, facelifts, eyelid rejuvenation, laser surgery, and hair restoration. They are proud to offer the latest non-surgical procedures including Botox and Restylane and a superb team of skin-care specialists trained to help patients heal quickly from surgery

Location:

Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Mailing address:

2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 5200
Sacramento, CA 95817

Cleft Lip/Palate:

(916) 734-2452

Audiology & Speech Appointments:

(916) 734-5400

Facial Plastic Surgery Appointments:

(916) 734-2347

Dental Appointments:

(916) 734-5429

Academic Office:

(916) 734-2801

Clinic Appointments:

(916) 734-5400