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 was referred to Dr. Chang by three of my friends who had gone to him for cosmetic surgery, and all three raved about their experiences with him. I am so pleased with the results of my breast augmentation. My results are so natural and you can tell that Dr. Chang truly cares about his patients."- D.B. / Healthgrades / Aug 21, 2018
"The results are exceeded my expectations. This doctor watched closely and made sure everything was developing correctly."- G.R. / Healthgrades / Aug 17, 2018
"Dr. Chang and his staff have been extremely helpful and kind, if I needed anything outside of the office, it's never been a hassle and call. They're patient and very thorough when explaining everything"- O.H. / Healthgrades / Aug 16, 2018
"Staff was very friendly and caring. Dr. Chang has excellent care and is great with follow-ups. Office treats you like family. Pricing was great as well. Dr. Chang is very skilled in all areas."- V.M. / Healthgrades / Aug 16, 2018
"Got a nose job April 18th 2018. I came in with a witch nose and left with a cute feminine button nose also got 615cc under muscle breast implants. Staff is phenomenal and dr chang is so caring and sweet hes a great surgeon. they took care of me. My mom also got lip implants chin reduction and rhinoplasty chang did a great job on her too"- N.S. / Google / Aug 15, 2018
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 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
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.
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.