About Cosmetic Ear Surgery
Ears that appear to protrude outward, are asymmetrical or misshapen, or look unnaturally big can negatively impact your self-esteem, especially when young. Otoplasty (ear reshaping) is a cosmetic procedure that helps to recontour the size, position, and shape of the ears to result in a normal appearance. Drs. Peter Chang and Ankur Mehta are plastic surgeons in Houston, TX who have helped many women, men, and children to move past their embarrassment of exposing their ears by undergoing this surgery. No matter the cosmetic issue, otoplasty at Timeless Plastic Surgery in Sugar Land, TX allows a patient to proudly show their face at any angle with a newfound confidence. If you or your child are worried about the shape or size of their ears, make an appointment with us today to find out about all your options for otoplasty.
"I simply cannot say enough great things about my experience with Dr. Ankur Mehta and Timeless Plastic Surgery overall. I've seen Dr. Mehta for the past two years for Botox, fillers, Emsculpt and MiraDry. Each procedure was explained in detail so there were no surprises and the results were better and more natural than I even hoped for. For my lips he had a different injection technique that prevented the "duck lip" look that commonly results from other methods. I trusted his advice and am so glad I did! I'm absolutely in love with the results! My lips are very full and pouty yet still have a natural look to them. He also used a very powerful topical numbing cream that worked like a charm. Everyone at TPS is extremely friendly and truly cares about achieving great results. I highly recommend Dr. Mehta and Timeless and as an actress I see why it's the go-to in Houston for cosmetic plastic surgery!"- E.K. / Yelp / Apr 23, 2020
"I recently went to see Dr. Mehta for some issues that had started bothering me post-40. Dr. Mehta and his staff, especially Kaitlin, were so welcoming and warm. They made me feel very comfortable and spent the time to explain my options and the cost associated with each. Dr. Mehta has checked in on me several times after the visit, which was very much appreciated! And most importantly, great results!"- M.T. / Google / Jan 25, 2020
"Phenomenal service and friendly front end specialist"- A.G. / Google / Jan 18, 2020
"Removed a lump on my forehead. Can't tell it was ever there."- T.W. / Google / Jan 18, 2020
"I had a mommy makeover, and a dimpleplasty and how it has changed my life. I confidant and feeling youthful and beautiful and I couldn't have done it without Dr. Chang and his amazing staff. Dr. Chang advised what he thought was best for my body type and I was not steered wrong, I look and feel amazing!"- D.A. / Healthgrades / Dec 10, 2019
Ear Surgery Ideal Candidates
Ear reshaping surgery can be performed at any age; however, it is often most common among children and is recommended before the start of elementary school. By six years of age, this cosmetic surgery is safe and effective to be completed on a child. If you feel embarrassed from the shape and size of your ears because they are misshapen or protrude outward, otoplasty can be considered to attain a normal appearance. Sufferers of a torn, stretched, or damaged earlobe, may also be a candidate for cosmetic ear surgery.
Ear Surgery Surgical Technique
Ear reshaping surgery is performed using IV sedation. Most often, the incision is placed around the back portion of the ear or within the inner folds. During this procedure, cartilage will be manipulated to create a new contour and natural-looking appearance. It's generally common for each ear to be addressed during treatment to make sure they appear symmetrical. After the procedure, the incisions are safely stitched together with sutures and wrapped so they are protected.
What to Expect with Ear Surgery
Once the procedure is finished and you are released to leave the hospital, you will heal and rest at home. A member of our team will send you home with instructions for recovery. It's very important to not touch or scratch the ears. Also, you should not lay on the ears and instead, sleep propped up for the first few days. Typically, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled within 3 – 5 days — at this time, we will take off the coverings and check you or your child's surgical results. The outcomes are visible right away and the progression of results will continue to improve as the ears heal.
Ear Surgery Frequently Asked Questions
How much does ear surgery cost?
Costs for ear surgery will be based on what's being done (ear pinning, shaping, earlobe repair, or a combination of these). Once we understand your issues and wants, we will make your treatment plan and estimate your expenses. In order to concentrate on getting the outcomes that you want rather than prices, Timeless Plastic Surgery takes several payments and a member of our team will help you attain low-interest financing.
Will the results of ear surgery last?
Normally, the ears grow faster compared to other areas of the body and face, which is the reason why ear surgery can be done on younger patients with long-term outcomes. We will examine the ears and then talk about what to expect along with how long the outcomes may last. While the body and face can change dramatically from gravity and age, the impact on the ears is usually minimal. In the event there are significant modifications to your ears because of an injury, another surgery could be done.
How old should my child be to consider otoplasty?
Typically, kids about 5 – 6 years old are ideal candidates for ear surgery. Although the ear is generally fully grown, the tissue and cartilage are still malleable, which makes it easy to change. This age is also great as it's before they begin school or early in their schooling, so that they can avoid teasing from their classmates. Even though a lot of ear surgery patients are young children, we also perform otoplasty on adults.
Do I need to have both ears done or just one?
The most common problems, such as ears that are oversized or stick out, occur in both ears, which means both will need to be fixed. During ear surgery, we will adjust both ears to make them as symmetrical as possible. However, if just one ear has to be altered, the shape and size will be adjusted to mirror the untreated ear. When we create your surgical plan, we will tell you if one or both ears need to be corrected.
What about fixing stretched or torn earlobes?
The trend of ear gauges and big earrings are making earlobe reconstruction a popular operation at Timeless Plastic Surgery. If you're considering getting earlobe repair, schedule an appointment with us today. We will analyze your ear and then explain what might be done in order to repair your earlobes.
Reshape Your Ears
While the ears are not very big, an unusual shape, size, or position may make a significant difference in your appearance. Otoplasty (ear surgery) may help your child avoid getting teased by classmates, or help you if you have always felt unhappy with your ears. Call Timeless Plastic Surgery in Sugar Land, TX to schedule a consultation and get more information about ear surgery. Our team looks forward to helping you achieve a look you will love, as well as the confidence to show it off.