Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) Overview
Ear surgery surgically reshapes and repositions the ears so they fit better with the natural contour of the face. This procedure, also known as otoplasty or ear pinning, corrects ears that are too large or protrude outward. Houston plastic surgeon, Dr. Russell Kridel, has a keen anatomical eye and skilled surgical touches for otoplasty surgery, and incorporate specific techniques to restructure the ear cartilages into a natural shape. Otoplasty gives patients the confidence to show their entire face from every angle without anxiety about their ears.
What Sets Us Apart
Dr. Kridel is a highly trained, award-winning facial plastic surgeon focused solely on aesthetic surgery of the face, head and neck areas. He has performed hundreds of successful otoplasty surgeries on both adults and children. Their skill and expertise gives patients the peace of mind that they are in the trusted hands of a specialist and that their ears will look so natural after the surgery friends and family will think they were born with them.
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Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) Surgical Technique
Dr. Kridel tailors the surgical technique to the patient’s specific needs and 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.
Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) During/After Surgery
Otoplasty surgery can be performed under general or “twilight” anesthesia as an outpatient procedure at an outpatient surgical center or our AAAHC-accredited, in-office surgical suite. The entire surgery typically takes about 2 hours to complete. After surgery, patients wear a special protective dressing over their ears. Adults will wear the dressing for 2 days and children for 5 days. Otoplasty patients experience very little pain, although they may experience some swelling right after surger. The ears may feel a bit tender for several weeks. Younger patients will need to be monitored so they do not touch or play with their ears during the healing process.
Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) Expected Cost
The cost for an otoplasty will vary depending on the complexity of the surgical case. However, the average cost for ear pinning surgery ranges between $4,500-$6.000. Otoplasty is considered a cosmetic procedure, and therefore, is not covered by insurance.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $4,500 - $7,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Day
- Procedure Recovery Location
Ear Surgery FAQs
The positive improvements made with otoplasty surgery are usually quite significant and can last a lifetime. However, just like any other cosmetic procedure, aging and gravity may cause increased laxity over time.
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 can be easier to remold and manipulate. From a psychological standpoint, having this surgery before starting elementary school can also help avoid teasing and ridicule from classmates. However, it is also common that adults, who have been bothered by their protruding ears since they were children, elect to have corrective otoplasty surgery later in life.
Both Ears or Just One?
In the majority of cases, both ears are affected. Therefore, surgery is performed on both ears. However, there may sometimes be an abnormality in just one ear. If this is the case, surgery will be performed on the affected ear, which will be made to match the opposing ear.