Ear Surgery Overview

Your ears are vital aesthetic features. They frame your face and can have a dramatic impact on your overall look. Cosmetically balanced ears often go unnoticed, adding subtle balance and beauty to your appearance. In contrast, those with protruding, asymmetrical, injured, or otherwise cosmetically imperfect ears or earlobes often feel uncomfortable and embarrassed by them. It’s not uncommon for someone to suffer from a negative self-image due to an ear deformity, or even have lingering insecurities being bullied for having excessively large or obtrusive ears as a child.

With years of experience and a focused specialty in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Michel Siegel can help you feel confident and comfortable again with a procedure known as “otoplasty”, or cosmetic ear surgery. Otoplasty can reduce the size and prominence of your ears, repair torn earlobes, correct birth defects, and even remedy a past ear procedure that didn’t go as planned. Dr. Siegel knows how important it is to deliver natural looking results that meet your needs, and fit into your unique facial structure. Your ears play a major role in to how your face and head appear balanced on your body, so he takes a highly individualized approach to each and every otoplasty he performs.

Before & After Gallery

The Ear Surgery Process


During this initial visit, Dr. Siegel will discuss not only your cosmetic concerns and results you’d like to see, but also ensure that you are both on the exact same page regarding your procedure. Once he has gathered all the necessary information, he will evaluate your ears to assess what particular structures and abnormalities are involved so that he can correct them to your naturally balanced proportions. Whether your consultation is 30 minutes or three hours long, you’ll leave feeling relaxed, confident, understood, and well on your way to remarkable results.


While otoplasty is usually a relatively minor procedure, it is still important to ready yourself appropriately for it. Each otoplasty Dr. Siegel performs is tailored to the anatomy and unique structure of your ears, and the proper preparation prior to your surgery will maximize your desired results. Dr. Siegel will provide you with specific instructions to follow before (and after) your otoplasty. They will be adjusted to help you achieve your individual goals and make your recovery easier. Fully understanding and following the pre-operative advice will help ensure the surgery goes as smoothly as possible, as well as give you the end result you’ve been dreaming of.


Otoplasty is typically performed under “twilight” anesthesia, or light sedation (except in children, where general anesthesia is preferred). This provides for a comfortable procedure, with a much quicker recovery than you have with normal anesthesia. The Individual procedure length will depend on the specific parts of your anatomy involved that need correction, but generally ear surgery can be accomplished in about 90 minutes. Dr. Siegel will work safely, enthusiastically, and tirelessly to deliver your desired results while keeping you safe and comfortable.


After ear surgery, most patients find that their recovery is easier and shorter than they expected. Dr. Siegel’s years of experience and exclusivity in cosmetic facial procedures make him especially well-suited to perform each procedure with the highest level of skill and precision. For otoplasty, he uses cartilage sparing techniques that reshape the ears to form a new, more natural looking ear shape – while also minimizing injury and swelling. Dr. Siegel also makes the smallest possible incisions so that they are virtually imperceptible and heal quickly. As with his pre-operative instructions, Dr. Siegel will give you detailed, personalized guidelines on care and recovery for your specific ear procedure. If you have any additional otoplasty questions, you’re always welcome to call our office.


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Will an otoplasty have lasting results?

Typically, yes. For the majority of patients, this procedure makes a permanent, positive difference in ear shape, size, and prominence. Since otoplasty is often performed on children, some parents are concerned that their child’s ears will grow out of the surgery, but this also does not usually occur.

What specific issues can cosmetic ear surgery fix?

Otoplasty is a versatile procedure that can be used to correct virtually any cosmetic imperfection related to the ears. It can fix:

  • Protruding ear on one or both sides
  • Elongated or sagging earlobes
  • Torn or split earlobes
  • Unsatisfactory results from a previous ear surgery.

These are just the major aesthetic complaints otoplasty can resolve. Dr. Siegel can provide more specific information about what cosmetic ear surgery can do for you at your consultation.

What is the recovery period like for ear surgery?

Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure, meaning that you will go home the same day of your procedure. You should plan to rest following your ear surgery. Most patients return to work within three to five days. During the first one or two months following your cosmetic ear surgery, you should avoid any activities that could put pressure on your ears or cause them to fold, as this could interfere with the outcome of your operation.

Are there nonsurgical options that work like an otoplasty?

No. Currently, cosmetic ear surgery is the only way to address most of the issues discussed above. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to contact our Houston plastic surgery office.

Do You Need Earlobe Repair?

After years of wearing heavy earrings, ear lobes may become stretched, and what once used to be a pinpoint hole has become a line. Or even a torn earlobe.

Earlobe repair is a simple and permanent solution for this problem. A small procedure, performed under local anesthetic like a dental procedure, is performed to repair this problem.

The tear is removed, and the skin edges are then brought back together, recreating an earlobe. Dr. Siegel’s meticulous surgical technique will result in an almost invisible line. Stitches are removed after about a week, and then the ear may be re-pierced several weeks later if desired. There is minimal swelling or bruising, and no time off work is required.