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What Is Ear Surgery?

Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears. The surgery has helped thousands of men, women, and children in Texas who were embarrassed or dissatisfied with the size or shape of their ears. With ear surgery, patients can finally enjoy a natural shape to their ears, as well as new balance and proportion to their face.

If you are considering ear surgery in the Houston area, then please contact Dr. Joseph M. Perlman of the Advanced Plastic Surgery Centre. His otoplasty patients have hailed from Spring, The Woodlands, and surrounding areas. He and his surgical team are available to answer any questions you may have about ear surgery.

Am I a Good Candidate for Ear Surgery?

For the most part, ear surgery is done on children between the ages of 4 and 14. Ears are almost fully grown by age 4, and the earlier the surgery, the less teasing and ridicule the child will have to endure. Ear surgery on adults is also possible, and there are generally no additional risks associated with otoplasty on an older patient.

Typically, candidates for ear surgery have one or more of the following conditions:

  • Larger than normal ear lobes
  • Non-symmetrical ears
  • Ears that “stick out” disproportionately
Talk to Dr. Perlman About Your Concerns

Some people are unsure whether ear surgery is the right step for them. That’s when a board-certified expert can really help. Dr. Perlman and his staff understand how daunting the decision can be. When you meet with us to learn about ear surgery, we will give you a thorough evaluation, including a medical exam and a discussion of your aesthetic goals. You can trust us to guide you toward an appropriate solution based on your needs and concerns.

What Is the Process for Ear Surgery?

Otoplasty starts with local or general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, depending on what your doctor deems best. Incisions for an ear surgery are normally made on the back surface of the ear. When incisions are needed in the front, they are hidden within the folds. Your ear surgery specialist will shape the cartilage and then use internal, non-removable sutures to keep it in place. External stitches will close the incision.

What Does Recovery Entail After Ear Surgery?

When the ear surgery is completed, a dressing will cover the ear. You will experience swelling, bruising, and numbness, all of which should dissipate within a week or two. In the case of protruding ears, patients should see near-immediate results. It will take at least six weeks for all the healing to be done so you can see the full effects. The majority of ear surgery patients go back to work or school within seven to 10 days.

An important component to your recovery will be how well you follow the surgeon’s instructions. Dr. Perlman and his staff will give you detailed directions on what you should and should not do while healing. Your progress after ear surgery will be closely monitored through a series of follow-up appointments, and you can contact us with any concerns.

Can I See Ear Surgery Before and After Photos?

You can view Dr. Perlman’s collection of ear surgery before and after pictures during your initial session. He has performed the surgery on patients throughout the Houston region, including residents of Spring and The Woodlands. With ear surgery before and after photos, you can see what kind of results other people have attained from the procedure.

What Are Ear Surgery Costs?

Because otoplasty is a very personalized procedure, the best way to gauge ear surgery prices is to set up an appointment with Dr. Perlman at Advanced Plastic Surgery Centre. He and his staff will assess your case and then detail how much ear surgery would cost you. You can count on us to make sure you are as well-informed as possible. There are many ways to pay for your surgery. Visit our finance page to learn more.

At Advanced Plastic Surgery Centre, you will be treated as an individual, not just another patient. Please schedule a meeting with us today so we can discuss ear surgery and how it can help you. Dr. Perlman welcomes men, women, and children from Spring, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Conroe, Pasadena, and Baytown, as well as other Houston-area locations.

What Are the Benefits of Otoplasty?

Large ear lobes, protruding or drooping ears and various ear deformities may make a person feel self-conscious about his or her facial appearance. Thanks to otoplasty surgery, individuals of all ages can quickly and safely treat abnormalities in the structure of the ear.

Otoplasty is used to improve the appearance of the ears. The procedure is offered to patients after the ears reach their full size, which generally occurs around age 5. Otoplasty frequently helps people improve their facial appearance, as well as alleviate social anxiety commonly associated with irregularly shaped or damaged ears.

A better quality of life through otoplasty

Correction of Prominent Ears

For most people, the outer ear is typically positioned on the head at an angle of about 25° to 35°. If this angle exceeds 35°, an individual’s ears may appear to “stick out” and impact his or her facial appearance. With otoplasty, an individual can “flatten” prominent ears and position the ears closer to the head, resulting in an improved facial appearance.


Increased Self-Confidence

There is a direct correlation between otoplasty and increased self-confidence. In fact, children often enjoy a self-esteem boost after otoplasty surgery, and they are able to adapt to school and other social environments more easily than they could in the past. Otoplasty may even help reduce the risk that a child is bullied due to his or her protruding ears. Of course, adults may also enjoy increased self-confidence following otoplasty surgery.

Natural Facial Appearance

Otoplasty changes the structure of the ears, and individuals dealing with abnormally small or large ears can use the procedure to correct this issue. Also, if the ears appear folded or cupped, otoplasty helps reshape the ears. This enables an individual to use an otoplasty to achieve a natural facial appearance.

Request your consultation with Dr. Perlman now!

At The Advanced Plastic Surgery Centre, Dr. Joseph Perlman offers plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Texas including Spring, Houston, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Conroe, Pasadena, and Baytown. Contact The Advanced Plastic Surgery Centre office today to schedule your otoplasty consultation!