Ear Surgery (Otoplasty, Earlobe Repair) Fort Worth, TX
For children, large and/or protruding ears can result in teasing or name-calling which can make adjustment to school difficult and reduce self-confidence as they enter adulthood. Fortunately, this problem is easily corrected once a child’s ears grow to their full size, usually between five and six years of age, and when your child is able to cooperate with post-operative instructions and restrictions. For children, “pinning” the ears is a common technique used during otoplasty to achieve the desired result. For adult patients we may select a different approach to reshape or reduce the size of the ears to help them appear symmetrical with the contours of the face. During the initial consultation with Dr. Anderson, you will learn about a variety of techniques that provide Fort Worth otoplasty patients with exceptional results and ears that complement the natural symmetry of their face.
The technique used during ear surgery will depend on the abnormality. First, there may be an insufficient amount of ear cartilage to support the fold of the ear, or too much cartilage where the ear canal starts. Both issues will cause the ear to protrude outward. In some cases, the ears may appear too large. Regardless of the condition, the cartilage will usually be addressed and either removed or reshaped. Then, the cartilage will be secured with sutures into a new position closer to the head. The incision is generally placed within the natural folds of the ear so scarring is not an issue.
All otoplasties are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. The entire surgery typically takes about 2 hours to complete. After surgery, patients will be sent home with their heads wrapped in a compression bandage, which will later be replaced with lighter bandaging. Initially, patients will feel discomfort if they attempt to move their ears. This will subside in a few days. Younger patients will need to be monitored so they do not touch or play with their ears during the healing process.
Ear Surgery FAQs
The results following an otoplasty procedure are long lasting. However, just like any other cosmetic procedure, aging and gravity may cause increased laxity. This could eventually affect the position of the ears. For the most part, the improvements made with this surgery are still significant.
Children between the ages of 4-6 are considered within the ideal range for this surgery. From an anatomical standpoint, the cartilage is still soft and will be easier to remold and manipulate. From a psychological standpoint, having this surgery before starting elementary school can help avoid teasing and ridicule from classmates.