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Otoplasty (Ear Surgery) In Houston, TX

Many people would never give a second thought to the appearance of their ears, but, for others, the shape and size of their ears are a daily concern. Fortunately, individuals dealing with over-sized, malformed, or otherwise aesthetically displeasing ears can seek the help of professional plastic surgeons to correct the majority of issues. At the Aesthetic Surgery Institute in Houston, TX, our professional cosmetic surgeons are dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality of care and the most natural, beautiful ear plastic surgery results possible.

Typically there are 3 main types of otoplasty:

Pinnaplasty: It is the most common type which decreases the angulation of the ear and brings it closer to the head. It is a simple outpatient surgery where excess cartilage from prominent ears can be removed.

Ear augmentation: It used to treat small or absent ears. This is a reconstructive procedure using cartilage from other body parts for a more natural look.

Ear reduction: This procedure is used to reduce the size of huge ears and make them symmetrical.

Preparing for Ear Plastic Surgery

Preparation for otoplasty surgery generally involves a process of determining the appropriate procedure, ensuring that a patient is in good condition to undergo the surgery and performing any necessary testing to check for any underlying medical concerns.

During your initial consultation, you will meet with a surgeon to discuss your concerns and desired result. When you're ready to move forward, you'll set an ear surgery date and receive a variety of instructions regarding what you should and should not do on the day of your surgery. You'll also have a chance to discuss whether or not you want to use anesthesia (and what kind).

Depending upon your health, the intensity of your surgery, and a variety of other factors, your ear surgery may be performed as an outpatient or inpatient procedure. Regardless, you'll want to have someone you trust on hand to provide transportation and/or assist you during the first day or so after your surgery.

The Otoplasty Procedure

The surgery itself is fairly simple, beginning with an incision in the crease behind the ear. From there, your surgeon will work to remove, reshape, and adjust cartilage as needed to achieve the look discussed (please note that not all otoplasties require the trimming or removal of cartilage). If one of your concerns is that your ears “stick out” and the ears need to be pinned back, your surgeon will also anchor the cartilage with sutures in a way that pulls the ears in closer to the head for a more “normal” appearance.

Post-Operative Care and Otoplasty Recovery

Ear surgery recovery is generally quite quick with only minor discomfort. You'll be required to treat your ears gently for a few days, adjusting sleeping habits and taking care not to disturb the dressings. It's important to keep your ears in the same position while they heal, so you may be given a headband to wear over your ears. Keep your hair and ears dry and elevate your head while lying down.

Once you're able to remove the dressings, be sure to wash the area of incision gently. Some slight discharge is common and can be addressed with hydrogen peroxide. Try to avoid scratching or touching the area too much to avoid introducing pathogens.

Because every case is different, your surgeon will provide any other individually-tailored post-operative instructions to follow during your otoplasty recovery. Over the next couple of months, the incisions should heal up nicely and the swelling should subside. Should you experience any unusual symptoms or an increase in discomfort, contact our Houston, TX office right away.

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