Otoplasty gives individuals the confidence and freedom to show their entire face from every angle without anxiety about their ears. Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, surgically reshapes and repositions the ears so they fit better with the natural contour of the face. This procedure at Austin Plastic Surgery Institute addresses and corrects ears that are too large or protrude outward. Correction of an abnormally shaped ear can be achieved, by our board-certified plastic surgeons, in children as young as 6. If an abnormality is visibly noticeable early on, it is sometimes recommended to correct the issue before the start of elementary school.
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"Dr M. Scott Haydon performed a great breast augmentation and tummy tuck. He was very patient with me, and took a lot of time explaining the procedure with me. His nurse Wanda was wonderful also. I highly recommend him at Austin Plastic Surgery Institute in Westlake."- C.C. / Yelp / Jul 23, 2018
"I am very happy with the results from my surgery with Dr.Wilder and would highly recommend him. He listened to my concerns and was very professional as well as all the staff at ASPI. Trisha was also fabulous at putting me at ease and addressing any questions or concerns I had both pre & post-op."- K.S. / Google / Jun 25, 2018
The technique used during ear surgery will depend on the abnormality. First, there may be an insufficient amount of ear cartilage to support the fold of the ear, or too much cartilage where the ear canal starts. Both issues will cause the ear to protrude outward. In some cases, the ears may appear too large. Regardless of the condition, the cartilage will usually be addressed and either removed or reshaped. Then, the cartilage will be secured with sutures into a new position closer to the head. The incision is generally placed within the natural folds of the ear so scarring is not an issue.
All otoplasties are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. The entire surgery typically takes about 2 hours to complete. After surgery, patients will be sent home with their heads wrapped in a compression bandage, which will later be replaced with lighter bandaging. Initially, patients will feel discomfort if they attempt to move their ears. This will subside in a few days. Younger patients will need to be monitored so they do not touch or play with their ears during the healing process.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $4,000
- Recovery Time
- 1 week
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
- In & Out-Patient
Ear Surgery FAQs
The results following an otoplasty procedure are long lasting. However, just like any other cosmetic procedure, aging and gravity may cause increased laxity. This could eventually affect the position of the ears. For the most part, the improvements made with this surgery are still significant.
Children between the ages of 4-6 are considered within the ideal range for this surgery. From an anatomical standpoint, the cartilage is still soft and will be easier to remold and manipulate. From a psychological standpoint, having this surgery before starting elementary school can help avoid teasing and ridicule from classmates.
Both Ear or Just One?
In the majority of cases, both ears are affected. Therefore, surgery is performed on both ears. However, there may sometimes be an abnormality in just one ear. If this is the case, surgery will be performed on the affected ear, which will be made to match the opposing ear.