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, bringing a subtle balance and beauty to your facial appearance.
Will an Otoplasty Have Lasting Results?
Typically, yes. For a vast majority of patients, this procedure achieves a long-lasting (a lifetime), 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 if the procedure is performed at the correct age.
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. This custom surgery can fix:
- Protruding ear on one or both sides
- Elongated or sagging earlobes
- Shell-shaped ears
- Uneven ear size or shape
- 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 in a private consultation at our Houston office.
What is the Recovery Period Like for Ear Surgery?
Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure, and you will return home the same day as 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.
Should I Have Earlobe Repair?
After years of wearing heavy earrings, earlobes may become stretched, and what once used to be a pinpoint hole has become a line. Torn earlobes, stretched earlobes, or uneven earlobes can all be corrected with minor surgery.
Earlobe repair is a simple and long-lasting solution for this problem. A minor procedure, performed under local anesthetic like a dental procedure, is performed to repair this problem.
How Does Earlobe Repair Work?
The tear is removed, and the skin edges are then brought back together, recreating a normal-looking earlobe. Dr. Siegel’s meticulous surgical technique will result in an almost invisible line. Stitches are removed in about one week, and the ear can be re-pierced several weeks later if desired. There is minimal swelling or bruising, and no time off work is involved in earlobe repair.