Otoplasty (Ear Surgery) in Dallas, TX
What is Otoplasty?
Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is a procedure done to reshape the ears, reduce their size or bring the ears closer to the head. In addition, many patients elect to have this procedure to correct a variety of ear problems, including very small ears, ears missing natural folds, torn earlobes or very long earlobes. Furthermore, otoplasty can be done to re-create natural-looking ears that are missing due to birth defects or injury.
Otoplasty is a popular procedure in Dallas, Southlake, Plano and the surrounding areas. At Genecov Plastic Surgery Group, we are proud to be among the top practices for otoplasty in TX.
Are you interested in learning more about ear otoplasty? If so, contact us today to set up a personal consultation. We’re happy to discuss average Dallas ear surgery prices and supply you with ear surgery before and after photos to help aid in your decision.
Dallas Ear Surgery Specialist – Dr. David Genecov
Dr. David Genecov established a state-of-the-art surgical practice that encompasses all aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery, with an emphasis on facial plastic surgery including facelift surgery, rhinoplasty and eyelid surgery.
He has been instrumental in developing advanced techniques in minimally invasive facial rejuvenation procedures, which remain a distinctive interest to him. Read more.
How is Otoplasty Performed?
Otoplasty is generally performed on an outpatient basis in our surgery center, located in Dallas. Otoplasty is also usually done under general anesthesia, particularly for younger patients. Local anesthesia combined with sedation may be used in some cases.
Even if only one ear is protruding or needs correction, surgery will usually be performed on both ears to create an even, natural result. The procedure will take two to three hours. A small incision is made behind the ear, and the cartilage is reshaped to correct the imperfection. Some cartilage may be removed as necessary to create a natural appearance. Sutures are generally used to hold the ear in its new position during healing. At this time, the surgeon may also shorten the ear lobe or perform other corrections as needed.
Am I a Good Candidate for Otoplasty?
Unlike most plastic surgery, ear surgery is often done on children under 18. Ears are fully formed by age four, and surgery can be done at any time after this point. While the surgery can just as easily be performed on adults, early correction of ear problems can help avoid ridicule and embarrassment for children.
However, parents should not be over-eager to have the surgery performed on their children. If the child’s ears are not causing the child any embarrassment, he or she may not be ready to accept surgery as a solution.
We’ve also performed ear surgery on several patients from Dallas, Southlake, Plano and the surrounding areas to repair tears resulting from ear piercing or injuries.
What Kind of Post-Operative Ear Surgery Care Can I Expect?
Patients are usually out of bed and feeling better within a few hours after their surgery. Some patients also experience some swelling and discomfort for the first few days. Prescription medication will be given. The ear will be bandaged for the first day or two, and the patient will be asked to wear a headband, similar to a sweat band in appearance, for the first two weeks. The headband helps relieve any pressure on the ears, and also serves as a reminder not to touch the ears during this time.
Most patients can return to school or work within a week. We recommend avoiding strenuous exercise for three weeks. Patients should also be careful to avoid bending or jostling the ear until it is fully healed, about a month after surgery. During this time, it is best to avoid sleeping on either side, to avoid pressure on the ear.
There may be slight scarring after the procedure. Because the incision is made behind the ear, any scarring is usually not noticeable. Contrary to popular belief, ear surgery will not affect your hearing, or result in hearing loss. The incisions are made away from the inner ear.
Immediately after surgery, the ear may be pinned back more than desired. Over the first few weeks, the ear will generally relax as it heals, so the final result will be a normal-looking ear.
What are the Typical Results of Ear Surgery?
Our patients have found this procedure to be a simple solution for an embarrassing problem. Ear surgery can vastly improve a patient’s confidence, which can affect many areas of their lives. Whether you’re hoping to reshape, resize or re-create your ears, ear surgery can help you achieve this. Browse our ear surgery before and after photos to see the number of ways this procedure can enhance your appearance.
What are Dallas Ear Surgery Costs?
Because there are so many options involved, Dallas ear surgery prices tend to vary. Make sure to discuss pricing with your doctor when you come in for a one-on-one consultation. Dr. David Genecov and Dr. Carlos Raul Barceló are well-respected surgeons in the northern Texas area, providing ear surgery to patients in Dallas, Southlake, Plano and beyond. Call us today and let us help you achieve the look you’ve always wanted.
At The Genecov Plastic Surgery Group, Dr. David Genecov and Dr. Carlos Raul Barceló offer plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across North Texas including: Dallas, Southlake, Plano, Irving, Garland, and University Park, TX. Contact the Genecov Plastic Surgery Group today to schedule your FREE Ear Surgery Consultation!September 11, 2013