About Cosmetic Ear Surgery
Ears that protrude and stick out, are uneven or are too large can affect a person’s self-esteem, especially during the impressionable childhood years. Ear reshaping surgery (also known as otoplasty) is a cosmetic surgery that can help correct the shape, size, and position of the ears and create a normal appearance. Dr. Edward Lee is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has helped countless men, women, and children in the Houston, TX area overcome their fears of exposing their ears with this life-changing surgery. Regardless of the deformity, otoplasty allows an individual to show their face at any angle with confidence and self-assurance.
Otoplasty can be performed at any age, however, it is common among children and is recommended before they reach elementary school. By age 6 this surgery is safe and effective to be performed on a child. If you dislike the appearance of your ears because they stick out, are too large, are misshapen, or have a visible deformity, otoplasty can help you regain a natural appearance. If you suffer from a torn earlobe, you are also a candidate for cosmetic ear surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
Cosmetic ear surgery is performed under general anesthesia. In most cases, the incision is placed behind the ear or within the inner ear folds. During surgery, cartilage will either be removed and the ear reshaped to a smaller size, or it will be added if a deformity exists. It is common for both ears to be touched during surgery to ensure they look even and appear symmetrical. Once the ears are surgically corrected, the incisions are closed with sutures and are carefully bandaged so they stay protected.
What to Expect
After surgery and once you are safe to leave the hospital, you will recover at home. It is important to not touch your ears during the first few days and to avoid laying on them during sleep. You will be advised to sleep upright for a couple of days. We typically like to see our otoplasty patients back within a week and at this time, we’ll be able to remove the bandages and assess your surgical results. The results can be seen right away and the effects of surgery will continue to improve as you heal. Most patients can resume their normal activities within 2 – 3 weeks.
Show Your Face From All Angles
Otoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that not only enhances the look of the ears, but it allows patients to regain their self-esteem. No longer afraid to show your face or wear your hair short or up, ear surgery can give you the ears you desire, creating a natural and uniform appearance. We invite you to call our office to learn more and to schedule your consultation today.