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Ear repositioning or ear pinning (otoplasty) can end the self-consciousness associated with an awkward symmetry of the head by reshaping, repositioning, or pinning the ears back to create a natural look, with your ears an enhancement, rather than a distraction. While this procedure is often performed on adults, it can be performed on children as young as five years of age. Both ears can be corrected at the same time.

Why choose us?

At Cheng Plastic Surgery in Saratoga, California, our double board-certified facial plastic surgeons approach every ear surgery on a highly personal, case by case basis. We serve the entire Bay Area, located equidistant between San Jose and Palo Alto.

We know that no two patients are alike. Each have their own ideas as to how their ears should appear, whether flatter to the head, smaller, or with reduced earlobes. Our doctors take the time to understand what you wish to correct, and we examine you carefully to determine the best surgical plan to achieve your goals.

We have performed many successful otoplasty surgeries for our adult and pediatric patients throughout San Jose and Palo Alto at our convenient Saratoga location. With two double board-certified facial plastic surgeons in our office, you have the option to receive a second opinion at one location.

Creating beautiful ears for adults and children

While we can correct prominent ears that stick out too far from the head, we can also reposition ears that are too high or too low, as well as reshape ears that are malformed, mismatched, or asymmetrical. These abnormalities might include long earlobes or a shell-shape due to underdevelopment of ear structure. Sometimes, the ears are simply too large and need to be decreased in size. Otoplasty is a customized procedure performed to meet the needs of the individual.

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Your otoplasty procedure

Otoplasty involves a wide range of techniques depending on what needs to be achieved and the unique physiology of each patient.

  • Most ear surgeries can be performed using local anesthesia and IV sedation. General anesthesia is recommended on children. Patients are able to go home within a few hours of surgery.
  • Ear pinning, which is the most common technique used for ears that protrude from the head, involves permanent sutures that hold the ears where they should be – flatter against the head.
  • For patients who need their ears reshaped in some way, some tissue might be removed to create a better shape. In rare cases, cartilage is grafted from one part of the ear to the other or from the ribs to the ear.
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Practice Policy Update from Cheng Plastic Surgery Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Monday, January 4, 2021:

We are open!

We cannot wait to see all of our amazing patients in our office! We are currently working with a more limited schedule than before, so please be patient as we navigate through this, together.

There are a few key changes we’ve made to our appointment protocol to ensure we are maintaining social distancing and following strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols - for you AND for us.

  1. Call our office from your car once you’ve arrived for your appointment. A staff member will come out to greet you, take your temperature and conduct a short COVID-19 health screening to make sure you are in good health prior to entering the building. Our doors will remain locked during normal business hours to ensure only those who have been screened can enter.
  2. Please arrive at your appointment wearing a mask or protective face covering. We will not be able to bring you inside the office without one.
  3. We will not have more than one patient in the lobby at a time.
  4. You will be greeted by Dr. Elbert or Dr. Jacqueline wearing their Personal Protective Equipment deemed necessary by your specific treatment. (N95 mask, gloves, face shield or protective eyewear, etc.) We ask that you leave your mask on during the procedure, and only take it off if necessary to complete the treatment.
  5. All necessary transactions will be done in the room your treatment is being performed. This will avoid unnecessary back ups in the lobby.
  6. You will then be walked out through the back door of the office. This is the best way to keep all staff and patients socially distanced while maintaining one steady flow of traffic throughout the building.

And of course, all rooms will be heavily disinfected immediately after you leave just as we have always done prior to the pandemic. Each room is equipped with an air filter as an added safety measure. We will place a major focus on high-contact areas such as chairs, doorknobs, counter tops, mirrors and more.

We are still continuing to conduct Virtual Consultations if you prefer a quicker and no-contact experience.

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For the safety of our patients and staff, we ask that you reschedule your appointment and do not enter our office with any of the following conditions:

  1. You have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  2. You have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  3. You traveled more than 150 miles or have been in close contact with someone who has traveled in the last 10 days.
  4. You are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
    • fever or chills
    • cough
    • shortness of breath
    • fatigue
    • muscle or body aches
    • headaches
    • sore throat
    • loss of taste or smell
    • nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting

Concerned about getting the Moderna vaccine after having recently received filler treatment? In some studies, it has been observed that a small percentage of the vaccinated groups experienced localized inflammation (swelling) after receiving the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. In said cases, all studied reactions were temporary immune responses. It has been suggested that patients refrain from getting filler two weeks before and after the vaccine. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office!

Thank you for your continued support and we can't wait to see you again!

Kindest Regards,,

Dr. Elbert, Dr. Jacqueline and staff at Cheng Plastic Surgery

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