In contrast, people with protruding, asymmetrical, injured, or otherwise cosmetically imperfect ears or earlobes often feel uncomfortable and embarrassed. 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.
Houston Facial PlasticSurgeon for Ear Surgery
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 in Houston. Otoplasty can reduce the size and prominence of your ears, repair torn earlobes, correct birth defects, and even remedy a past ear procedure that produced unsatisfactory results.
Dr. Siegel knows how important it is to deliver natural looking results that are as you envisioned and are balanced and in harmony with your unique facial structure. Your ears play a major role in to how your face and head appear balanced on your body, and every Houston otoplasty performed by Dr. Siegel is customized to match patient need for a superior result.
Preparation for Ear Surgery
Our Houston otoplasty is usually a relatively minor procedure, it is still important to ready yourself appropriately. Each otoplasty Dr. Siegel performs is tailored to the anatomy and unique structure of your ears, and the proper preparation prior to your surgery helps to 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.
The Ear Surgery Procedure – What is It?
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 general anesthesia.
The individual procedure length will depend the extent of the correction needed, but generally ear surgery is accomplished in about 90 minutes. Dr. Siegel will work safely, enthusiastically, and tirelessly to deliver the results you envision, while keeping you safe and comfortable.
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.
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.
Otoplasty in Houston 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.
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.
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.
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.