Ear Surgery Overview
Dallas, TX plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven J. White, performs ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, for a variety of reasons. Most patients undergo cosmetic ear surgery to reduce the size of large ears or to have prominent ears "pinned back" closer to the head. Ear surgery can also correct torn earlobes and other ear deformities. Most otoplasty procedures are performed on children between the ages of 5 and 14. Since schoolyard teasing and ridicule can negatively impact a child's self-esteem, many parents seek otoplasty for their children at an early age. Of course, ear surgery can be performed to reshape adult ears as well, to increase self-esteem and improve appearance. Well-hidden incisions are placed behind the ear, which limits visible scarring. This allows Dr. White to gain access to the cartilage of the ears for contouring. Otoplasty brings the ears in balance with the head and face.
Best Candidates for Ear Surgery
Our plastic surgery office works with children as young as age 5 so that their ears can be reshaped prior to the start of elementary school. However, ear surgery can be performed on individuals of any age. Good candidates are men or women who demonstrate:
· Self-confidence issues because of the size or shape of their ears
· Protruding ears that stick out
· Large or oversized ears
· Under developed ear cartilage
· Torn earlobes due to heavy jewelry or ear trauma
Ear Surgery Reviews
"Dr. White and his staff instilled confidence in me before, during, and after my cosmetic surgery. His detailed pre-surgery explanations and materials fully prepared me for the procedure and the recovery period. Because of Dr. White's outstanding care, my recovery was quick and painless. I am very pleased with the results. For anyone contemplating cosmetic surgery, I would recommend Dr. White without the slightest hesitation. "- J. H. / Office Visit / Oct 29, 2010
"Thank you for the great and handsome new ears Dr. White. I think you worked really hard and put a lot of effort into it. So, I think you should do this to other patients and make them smile. Again, thank you so much for my beautiful ears and have a really great day."- J. L. / Office Visit / Jan 09, 2014
"My cosmetic surgery experience was very positive. Dr. White was better than I heard about and/or expected. His attention to detail went way beyond my expectations. Before the procedure, he had given me a lot of information about what to expect with the surgery and post-operatively. He filled me in on more than I thought to ask and was glad I knew the information in hindsight. The actual surgery went well. Dr. White got to the hospital early to ensure I was comfortable and was the first face I saw when I woke up from surgery. I was given exceptional care from the nurses before and after surgery. The nurse at the hospital even commented how Dr. White required additional steps to be taken with his patients because he is so detailed. The anesthesiologist was great ‚Äì even calling me the night before the surgery. Dr. White is a very caring and attentive doctor. I have wanted to have my ears 'fixed' since I was very young. As a child, I got a lot of comments about my ears sticking out. So, now when I look in the mirror it is so exciting to see MY ears looking 'normal'. They look better than I anticipated --- way better. I just didn't want them to stick out any more, but they look like I was born with perfect ears! I am 41 years old and my only is regret is not doing it sooner. Thanks again!"- K. S. / Office Visit / May 20, 2008
"Dear Dr. White, =) Thank you for having me as your patient. I like how my ears look and feel. I loved taking pictures; it was my favorite part of all. My 2nd favorite thing was Surgery Day. I was nervous I've had a fun time, and loved being with you. It's OK if you show my pictures; I will always be in touch with you! Your friend and patient R. B."- R. B / Office Visit / Nov 27, 2007
"Do it for you - To put quite simply I am very happy with the results. I had protruding ears and Dr. White not only penned back my ears but shaped them to have more natural, preferred curves. He cares deeply about what he does and enjoys it. His expertise and qualifications are beyond impressive and his confidence in his abilities are reassuring. He listened attentively to what I wanted and discussed the procedure thoroughly. The first week after the surgery should be expected to be rough because of the healing, but that is with any plastic surgery. Recovery was not fun and it is a hefty price for a cosmetic procedure but I feel that it was worth it. The office is very nice and his gorgeous staff are all very friendly. It is a weight off my shoulders to not have to worry about my ears anymore."- S.T. / Insiderpages / Aug 09, 2011
What to Expect with Ear Surgery
Otoplasty begins with an incision behind the ear so that the cartilage can be exposed. This cartilage is then removed and/or reshaped until the ear takes on a normal appearance. Excess skin is removed and if the ear shows protrusion, our surgeon will reposition it closer to the head and firmly secure it with non-removable sutures. There are many variables that are used to help redefine the ears. The goal of this surgery is to produce a natural looking result that will be long lasting for the patient.
Recovery From Ear Surgery
Swelling and bruising can be minimal after otoplasty. The swelling and bruising will start to resolve during the first couple of weeks after surgery, although this will vary between patients. A head dressing is applied immediately after surgery and removed at the first office visit. An elastic headband must be worn for several more weeks for protection. Patients must avoid strenuous activity for a minimum of 1-2 months following surgery. Children will need to be monitored closely so that they do not pick or scratch at their ears during the healing phase.
Show Your Face From All Sides!
Ear surgery has changed the lives of countless individuals. Once living with anxiety and fear to show their ears, surgery creates a new confidence that allows one to show their face from all angles. If you are self conscious about the size or shape of your ears and are ready to take the step to seek surgical advice, we invite you to call our Dallas plastic surgery office today and learn more about this life-changing surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1-2 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location