Otoplasty Ear Surgery | Houston
Otoplasty is a type of ear surgery that revolves around improving the appearance of the ears. Some people refer to this procedure as “ear pinning.” While many ear surgeries do bring the ears in closer to the head, it is also possible to reduce the overall size of the ears using specific surgical techniques.
Our overall appearance doesn’t begin and end with the face. The ears are part of the frame that provides symmetry to the face. When the ears are large or protruding, they are disproportionate to facial structure. This can make some folks feel self conscious. Helping people prevent or overcome these feelings by reshaping the ears brings the facial plastic surgeons at APRS a lot of joy.
What Are The Benefits Of Ear Surgery?
Abnormally large, small, or asymmetrical ears are typically not a medical concern. The most significant concern regarding ear placement and size is the emotional effect this can have on a person. Ear pinning is an elective surgery that focuses on cosmetic appearance.
The benefits that come from correcting the ears include:
- Structural changes to the ears create a more natural, aligned appearance.
- Natural-looking ears promote self-confidence. Even adults who have lived with disproportionate ears for decades rediscover a higher sense of self-esteem through otoplasty.
- Healthier emotional development can occur when a child does not have to encounter teasing about their appearance. Statistics indicate that 20% of students get bullied at some point. Ear surgery can decrease this risk.
How Is Otoplasty Surgery Performed?
Otoplasty surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia. The entire process lasts 90 minutes to 2 hours in most cases.
After a small incision is made, cartilage is molded and shaped as needed to achieve the desired contouring and protrusion. When the desired results have been achieved, sutures are placed to support the new position of the ear. A bandage is applied around the head for further support.
How Is Otoplasty Surgery Performed?
Who Is A Candidate For Ear Pinning Surgery?
Patients who are in good general health and who would like to end the self-consciousness they feel about their ears can be excellent ear pinning candidates.
Some of the conditions that can be improved with ear surgery include:
- Protrusion or enlargement of the ears
- Inward or outward fold of the ear (lopping)
- Large earlobes
- Lack of curvature at the outer edge of the ear
Does Ear Surgery Leave Scars?
Otoplasty incisions are made behind the ear, in the natural crease between the ear and the head. Even when the hair is short or worn up, incisions are well hidden in this fold. Over time, scars fade to a point of being barely seen or felt.
Is Ear Surgery Safe For Children?
People of all ages can undergo cosmetic ear surgery to correct shape, size, and other concerns. Otoplasties are often performed during childhood. Unlike other parts of the body, the ears reach full physical maturity very early.
Children may be ready for corrective ear surgery by age 4 or 5. Many parents and doctors prefer treating children before they start elementary school. This helps the child avoid possible teasing due to the appearance of their ears. Both Dr. Cilento and Dr. Baylan are fathers and know the fears and concerns parents have for their children. They will do everything to answer any questions and resolve any concerns during the consultation.
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