Otoplasty (Ear Pinning) in Dallas
Ear surgery in Dallas helps patients to improve the shape, position, and proportion of the ear. Otoplasty is also performed to modify the ear’s structure or reduce or reposition disproportionately large or prominent ears. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Azouz’s goal for an otoplasty is to create a more natural look with better-positioned ears that complement and balance the patients’ faces.
Am I a Candidate for Ear Surgery?
Ear surgery or Otoplasty is performed in children as young as 5 and in older adults. Patients have a variety of ear anomalies that are both congenital and caused by injury or trauma. These include the following:
- Outstanding Ear
- Cauliflower Ear
- Folded Ear
- Constricted Ear
- Stahls Ear (Spock Ear)
- Gauged Ear (Patients who have undergone piercing or ear gauging)
- Post Traumatic Ear Loss
- Ear Asymmetry
- Enlarged Ear
Ear surgery in Dallas can also be performed on adults and correct split ears from earrings.
Ear Surgery Benefits
There are a variety of benefits for cosmetic ear surgery. Otoplasty can create more facial balance, can improve the shape of the ear. Otoplasty can correct cupped, outstanding, folded, protruding, gauged, cauliflower, and enlarged ear deformities. Many patients report that otoplasty improves their self-confidence and this is often true in adults and young children.
How Ear Surgery Is Performed in Dallas?
The extent of the procedure depends on your desired goals and what Dr. Azouz believes is appropriate to achieve your ideal results. Ear Surgery usually takes about one to two hours, although complicated procedures may take longer. Dr. Azouz will create small incisions on the back of the ears, which are concealed in the natural crevices of the ear so that virtually no scar will be visible after the healing period. The ear cartilage can be folded or removed as needed to reshape the ear and bring it closer to the head, improving the appearance of the patient. Otoplasty is also sometimes called ear pinning but no actual pinning back of the ears is performed despite the name.
Anesthesia for Ear Surgery
Dr. Azouz aims for the patient to have the best experience possible. Many patients have varying desires in how awake or how asleep they would like to be during plastic surgery. Dr. Azouz performs otoplasty under local sedation. Some patients desire deep sedation, and others wish for light sedation or no sedation. With local anesthesia and sedation, patients tend to have a quicker recovery as compared to general anesthesia.
Ear Surgery Recovery
After otoplasty, your ears will be covered in bandages for protection and support. It is common to feel some discomfort and itching which are usually well controlled with medications prescribed by Dr. Azouz. Dr. Azouz recommends trying not to rub or place excessive force on the incisions after ear surgery. A few days after otoplasty, Dr. Azouz will remove your bandages. Dr. Azouz will guide the use of headbands that cover, support, and protect the ears.
Combination of an Ear Surgery with Other Plastic Surgeries
Ear surgery in Dallas can be combined with a variety of plastic surgery procedures, including:
- Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)
- Neck lift
- Chin augmentation (chin implant)
- Brow lift
- Laser skin resurfacing
Ear surgery can also be performed in combination with breast and body surgery such as liposuction, mini tummy tuck, breast augmentation, or breast lift.
Before and After Ear Surgery
Ear Surgery Cost
Ear surgery costs can widely vary. After a physical evaluation, Dr. Azouz will determine the ear surgery cost on an individual basis. Insurance does not routinely cover the cost of ear surgery; however, Dr. Azouz provides different financing options to make ear surgery in Dallas affordable for his patients.
Ear Surgery Results
Results are usually immediate and permanent, providing a life-long benefit to the patient’s appearance and self-esteem. Patients often return home shortly after the otoplasty is complete. As with any surgical procedure, Dallas Plastic Surgeon Dr. Azouz provides specific aftercare instructions and close follow-up care to ensure ideal results are achieved and safe and healthy recovery.
Schedule Your Consultation with Dr. Azouz
For patients who are self-conscious about the size, shape, or position of their ears, otoplasty may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Call at (972) 702-8888 or contact Azouz Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Azouz today.
Fequently Asked Questions
Otoplasty is deemed a cosmetic operation by most insurance companies.
Outstanding ears are most commonly caused by genetics. Prominent ears tend to run in families. Ear prominence is anatomically caused by underdevelopment of the antihelical fold which usually keeps the top third of the ear close to the head.
Dr. Azouz utilizes compression headbands that allow patients a cost-effective yet comfortable method of reducing bruising and swelling and avoid the chance of hematoma after otoplasty.
Many patients have asymmetry which requires one ear to necessitate greater correction than the other. In the majority of cases, both ears will need to be repositioned. There are cases where only one ear requires correction and this is common for cases of ear trauma.
Dr. Azouz is able to correct split ear deformities from earrings and ear gauges. In most cases Dr. Azouz able to utilize local tissues to recreate a natural-appearing ear lobe.
The day of your ear surgery (otoplasty) procedure you will need a family member or friend to drive you home. Most of Dr. Azouz’s otoplasty patients are able to drive themselves to their first post-operative appointment.
After undergoing an otoplasty with Dr. Azouz, he suggests that you keep your head elevated. An easy way to do this is to use a few pillows to prop yourself up in bed or to sit in a recliner chair.
An Otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure which creates an enhanced physical appearance. The structures of the ear that are involved with hearing are not typically affected by a cosmetic otoplasty.
An otoplasty can have long-lasting results. If your child undergoes ear surgery, Dr. Azouz will discuss the possibility of future procedures depending on the patient. Most otoplasty results are considered permanent and do not require additional surgeries later on.
Ear surgery requires a small incision behind the ear where skin and cartilage can be removed if needed. The ear will then be sutured into a position at the proper position closer to the head.
Ear surgery comes with risks like any other procedure. However, in most cases, Dr. Azouz preforms otoplasty under sedation and local anesthetic verses a general anesthetic. Dr. Azouz will discuss the risks during your consultation.
During your post-operative appointments, Dr. Azouz will let you know when you can increase your activity, including returning to heavy exercise routines.
You can generally return to your regular schedule one to two days after surgery, although you may still need to wear bandages. If you have a public-facing job or go to school, you may want to give yourself extra time.
You may have some slight dizziness after surgery, but it should subside within a few days. If you experience severe vertigo that impacts your day-to-day activities or does not subside, see your plastic surgeon promptly.
The length of an otoplasty with Dr. Azouz is patient dependent. Most patients can expect surgery to last between 45minutes and one and half hours at most.
Ear Surgery patient review for Dr. Azouz
“Dr. David Azouz and his staff are highly skilled and professional. I did my research for a few months contemplating having cosmetic ear surgery. From the moment I stepped foot in Dr. Azouz office I was greeted and treated with the utmost kindness. Growing up I had a difficult time with confidence and comments people would make about my appearance. He was very positive and welcoming during every step in the planning, procedure, and followup. After the surgery I feel like a new person! I am very thankful I had a Dr. with the most knowledge and experience. If you are planning on having cosmetic surgery this Doctor is the very best!”