There are many forms of cosmetic ear or earlobe reconstruction surgery, and each has a different purpose.
There are many forms of cosmetic ear or earlobe reconstruction surgery, and each has a different purpose. The ear lobe is a point of concern for many patients so our Houston surgeons offer procedures to repair a split earlobe or improve the appearance of sagging earlobes. Aging patients often come to our office with earlobes that have stretched over time.
For a split earlobe, your surgeon can usually repair it in the Houston office in about one hour using local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort. The split is stitched together with special sutures to minimize scarring. The stitches are removed in about 4-5 days, and you may have the ear pierced again in about three weeks.
Earlobe reduction is also a quick procedure, but is often performed in conjunction with a neck lift or facelift under general anesthesia in our private ACPS Surgicentre.
Our surgeons believe that to truly reverse signs of aging, you have to treat all of the signs of aging. The earlobes are a great example of this principle because even a great facelift result can look unnatural next to sagging earlobes. For complete, natural and balanced results it is important to address all of the elements of the face.
Another type of ear surgery, called otoplasty, is a procedure for correcting the shape of the ear or bringing bulging ears closer to the head. Children with large ears or ears that appear too far away from the head can have this procedure performed to surgically bring the ears closer to the head. This is an outpatient procedure performed on children as well as adults. Since ears are almost fully grown by the time a child is five years old, children can have the procedure performed at an early age. The newest techniques address two problems with the ears: the shell shape of the ear and the fold which can be sculpted or reshaped to create a more natural appearance.
Local or general anesthesia is administered during the one to three hour surgery and stitches can be removed in one week. Postoperative bandages are applied to the head following surgery. Children recover in about one week and adults usually return to work in about five days. Other reconstructive ear surgery applications are available such as operations performed on the earlobes and forming new ears when necessary.
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Earlobe surgery is a type of cosmetic surgery performed to improve the appearance of the earlobes. This can include earlobe reshaping, reduction of large earlobes, repairing torn or stretched earlobes, and other corrective techniques.
The length of the procedure depends on the type of surgery being performed, but most earlobe surgeries can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour to complete.
Earlobe surgery is a minimally invasive procedure, so the patient may experience some mild discomfort or tenderness following the surgery. However, any discomfort can usually be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Otoplasty, also known as ear reshaping surgery, is a procedure used to modify the shape, size, or position of the ears. The procedure is used to correct the shape of ears that stick out, known as “prominent ears”. Otoplasty can also be used to reduce large ears, reshape earlobes, and reposition droopy ear tips.
During the procedure, the surgeon will make small incisions in the natural creases behind the ear. He or she then manipulates and/or removes the underlying cartilage and/or tissue to help create a more balanced and natural-looking ear shape. Once the desired shape is achieved, the incisions are closed with fine sutures or tissue adhesives. Otoplasty typically takes one to two hours to perform, depending on the extent of the surgery.
Recovery from otoplasty, otherwise known as ear pinning, is usually quite quick and uneventful. Most people find that their pain and discomfort resolves after just a few days. Depending on the nature of the procedure, you may be advised to keep your head elevated and wear a headband for the first week after surgery to aid the healing process. Generally, you can expect some mild swelling, redness and numbness in the affected area. Most of this should subside within 2 weeks, with the results becoming visible around the same time. After this period, you should be able to enjoy the long-term effects of your ear pinning surgery!
*Pricing varies among our doctors. Please be aware that prices listed below are estimates only. Call us at 713.799.9999 for a specific doctors price estimates for procedures. A customized price quote can only be given to you during your consultation with your surgeon.