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Large ears or ears that stick out too far can cause some children and adults to feel self-conscious. With an otoplasty, Dr. Weider can help patients create ears that are more in proportion with the rest of their facial features.
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What is an Otoplasty?
Otoplasty, sometimes referred to as ear pinning, is a surgical procedure to reshape and resize the ears. Dr. Weider performs ear reshaping, technically known as otoplasty, for children over the age of five or six as well as adults. Dr. Weider combines his plastic surgery expertise and skill to create improvement for people interested in ear reshaping. During your consultation with Dr. Weider, you will learn about every feature associated with the ear reshaping procedure, including:
- Explanation of how modification of the cartilage and soft tissues of the ear will be performed to achieve the desired result ear structure, bones, and cartilage may influence the procedure
- Techniques that may be involved in the procedure
- Facility choices such as our fully accredited surgical facility
- Guidelines to reduce the risk of complications
- Costs for ear reshaping surgery, including surgeon’s fees, anesthesia fees, and facility fees
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Who can Benefit from an Otoplasty?
Anyone who is bothered by the appearance of their ears can benefit from an otoplasty procedure. The procedure is often performed on young patients before they enter school to avoid bullying. Once children reach the age of about six when the ears are almost fully formed, parents may opt for the otoplasty procedure. Dallas Plastic Surgeon Dr. Weider uses meticulous techniques and refined skills to improve the appearance of the ears as follows:
- Reduce the appearance of prominent ears
- Bring the ears closer to the head
- Improve genetic defects
Dr. Weider performs ear reshaping to produce a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. The time required for ear reshaping may be one or more hours, depending upon the extent of the procedure. During ear surgery, Dr. Weider may use general anesthesia or sedation agents and local anesthesia to perform the procedure. The procedure is usually performed in our fully certified operating room or in a local Dallas surgery center.
During ear reshaping surgery, Dr. Weider usually creates incisions hidden in the crease behind the ears to perform the procedure. Weider will typically use internal sutures to reshape the ears and may remove excess ear cartilage to allow for adequate reshaping. The precise technique used in the procedure depends upon a variety of factors, including the anatomy of the ears and patient goals. At the end of the procedure, a head wrap dressing is placed around the head to cover the ears.
Aftercare for Otoplasty
Dr. Weider will see you in the first few days following the procedure, and most people return to work within one week following the surgery. During recovery, you will be provided with guidelines for activity restrictions and medications should you experience any discomfort. As with all medical procedures, complications may occur during or after the procedure. The guidelines provided by Dr. Weider help to reduce the risk of complications. Complications are rare and can usually be managed by Dr. Weider. Complications may include adverse anesthesia reaction, excessive bleeding, and slight asymmetry of the ears. You may experience swelling, bruising, bleeding and numbness following surgery which typically subside over time.
The results of the procedure will be visible within days and usually last a lifetime. The longevity of the results may be affected by aging. Ear reshaping can provide an aesthetically pleasing appearance to the entire face. Dr. Weider’s patients often experience a renewed sense of self-confidence following ear reshaping surgery.
Contact Weider Plastic Surgery Today
Dr. Weider is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has been performing otoplasties in Dallas, TX since 1999. During your consultation, he will answer all of your questions and formulate an individualized plan to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. At Weider Plastic Surgery we are dedicated to ensuring that every patient’s visit to our office is a comfortable, educational and pleasurable one.