Otoplasty & Ear Surgery

Ear surgery encompasses the following procedures.

  • Otoplasty (prominent ear correction)
  • Earlobe Repair

Ear rejuvenation aims to restore a natural, symmetric and aesthetic appearance to the ears. Abnormally shaped ears can be inherited at birth and cause distress throughout the adolescent years and beyond. There are a number of techniques that can be used to improve the overall shape and involve re-shaping the cartilage framework through incisions carefully disguised behind the ears. Patients young and old can benefit from these procedures. The downtime is minimal and the satisfaction rate is exceptionally high.

A gradual evolution in the contour and appearance of the pierced earlobe is unmistakable. Over time, the constant downward pull of earrings or persistent dilation by gauges stretches the lobe and distorts its shape. The piercing hole gradually elongates, eventually tearing through the bottom of the earlobe. The holes are removed and the skin is reshaped to achieve the ideal aesthetic contour.

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About Ear Procedures

All ear procedures are done in a balanced fashion to create a natural esthetic.

What Should I Expect?

The consultation focuses on creating a personalized treatment plan that addresses your goals and fulfills your expectations. We will thoroughly discuss the attributes that you dislike and the ways in which an aesthetic improvement can be achieved. You will leave with a clear understanding of the result we can achieve. My goal is for you to have full confidence in your decision to make the change you have always imagined.

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Donald Mowlds, MD

Cartilage shaping can often be performed pain-free with mild sedation and local anesthetic at an accredited surgery center in Newport Beach, California under the care of a Board Certified Anesthesiologist. More extensive procedures will require general anesthesia (fully asleep), ensuring your absolute comfort. I will thoroughly discuss the risks and benefits of each during your consultation as we develop a comprehensive surgical plan.

Earlobe repair can be performed pain free under local anesthesia, if desired.

The incisions for prominent ear surgery are hidden in the groove behind the ear. Earlobe repair requires incisions on the earlobe. I use a special technique to ensure that there is no notching or peaking at the border of the earlobe, which is a visible clue that surgery has been performed and creates an un-natural result. The scars typically heal well and patients may re-pierce their ears in 6 weeks.

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These procedures are well-tolerated and patients experience minimal post-operative discomfort. Unique dressings are used to protect the ears while they heal and patients are often able to return to work when they feel ready. I recommend avoiding sports or activities that place the ears at risk of trauma for a period of at least 6 weeks.

The correction achieved is nearly always visually pleasing and long lasting.

Donald Mowlds, MD

Donald S. Mowlds, MD, MBA

I ask that my patients wait until the scar achieves its final strength, which usually takes about 6 weeks, before re-piercing their ears.

Request a Ear Consultation

Receive an in-depth consultation where we will thoroughly review your goals to personalize a plan focused on a natural and aesthetic result. Dr. Donald S. Mowlds, MD is located in beautiful Newport Beach, CA but is also available via a virtual consultation for out-of-town patients.

All Procedures & Surgery Services

It is important for me to understand each patient’s motivation to undergo plastic surgery and take the time to listen to his or her goals and objectives. I take pride in working to meet your expectations for improvement and blending them with your existing features, which I believe distinguishes me from other plastic surgeons. View all services and procedures.

Other Face Procedures

A lower face and neck lift imparts youthfulness through careful repositioning of your skin and natural facial volume. Excess skin and fat are removed in a balanced fashion to create a natural esthetic that avoids an overdone appearance.

Liposculpture uses various liposuction techniques to address the excess fat tissue of the neck, jowls and chin to provide an enhanced contour. The targeted approach that liposuction affords is unparalleled and results in customized contouring of the neck and jaw. Mild skin laxity is also improved during the healing process following liposuction.

A surgical as well as non-surgical rhinoplasty "nose job" should be performed in harmony with the patient’s existing facial contours and ethnicity, creating the most natural result. We will devise a comprehensive plan that balances the objectives with your natural facial features in order to achieve a beautiful, long-lasting result.

The chin is the centerpiece of the lower face and as such conveys excess or deficiency in this area. A chin augmentation utilizes a small silicone implant placed through a discrete incision to create a more balanced profile and structure to the jaw and lower face.

Excess skin and fat naturally accumulate in the eyelid as we age. Commonly referred to as bagginess, patients are uniformly displeased with the aged and fatigued look that this extra tissue conveys.

Eyebrow lifts reposition the eyebrows to the ideal location, refreshing the upper eye region. Brow lift surgery is often combined with upper eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, to achieve a maximal rejuvenation in this area.

All Procedures

Popular patient requests include restoring volume loss from the face and aging around the eyes which through a midface lift, will reposition your existing facial soft tissue onto the cheekbones to restore vitality. A lower face and neck lift will impart youthfulness through careful repositioning of your skin and natural facial volume. Vertical bands, loose skin and fullness beneath the chin will also be addressed during a neck lift to reveal and highlight your underlying structure.

Breast surgery is a core component of my practice and one of my true passions. I have spent years researching breast cancer, reconstruction and aesthetics in order to offer my patients the most innovative products and surgical techniques.

Areas of excess fat that persist despite diet and exercise can be frustrating. The intrinsic blueprint for fat deposition and retention varies widely between individuals. Body contouring is more art than science that requires blending several procedures and techniques in order to achieve a dramatic and resilient result. Lax skin and excess fat are addressed and muscles are tightened, restoring a youthful and natural appearance to the body.

Skin health is a science that treats the skin components at a cellular level to achieve flawless complexion and texture. A customized skin-care regimen can aggressively treat pigmentation and textural abnormalities as well as optimize the skin to tolerate more aggressive procedures such as lasers and peels. This combined approach leads to an unprecedented lasting renewal of the skin.

Facial rejuvenation and enhancement can also be addressed non-surgically in the office setting using a wide variety of injectable products and non-invasive devices such as Botox®, fillers, laser, Renuva® and more.

Male aesthetics has become increasingly popular as men recognize the availability of procedures that can transform areas of the body left unchanged by diet and exercise. From subtle facial rejuvenation to body sculpting procedures, many surgical and non-surgical procedures can be tailored to the male physique.

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