Ear surgery, also called otoplasty, is a surgery that can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ears in adults or children.
Why do people choose ear surgery?
Sometimes abnormalities of the ears are present at birth. In other cases, they become more apparent over time or can even be caused by injury. Examples include overly large ears, a rare condition called macrotia, or ears that are protruding, either on one or both sides. In any case, protruding or disfigured ears can cause emotional pain to both children and adults. Ear surgery can correct these conditions bringing a natural shape and balance to the face and ears. Along with these cosmetic changes, ear surgery can also bring profound enhancement to the patient’s self-esteem.
When is ear surgery right for children?
Every case is different and Dr. Armenta will be happy to discuss your child’s needs and options with you. However, in general a child without any significant health issues has the opportunity to have corrective surgery at around 5 years of age. During this stage of development a child’s ear has reached approximately 80% of its adult size and the ear cartilage if stable enough for correction. Additionally, children at this age are better able to cooperate, follow instructions and communicate their feelings following surgery and during the recovery period.
How is ear surgery performed?
Most ear surgeries are performed under general anesthesia. Which option is best for you or your child will be discussed with Dr. Armenta in the office visit. Incisions for ear surgery are generally made on the back surface of the ear where they will be well hidden. Internally, permanent sutures are used to create or increase the antihelical fold just inside the rim of the ear folding the ear back as necessary. The next step is to anchor or reduce the enlarged conchal cartilage that forces the ear out. During this step the ear is brought back into a more natural and reduced position re-establishing the normal proportions of the face. Meticulous care and precision is taken to perform a similar procedure on both sides making sure to avoid an unnatural “pinned back” appearance.
What can I expect from ear surgery?
The results in cases of protruding ears are visible after dressings used during the initial phase of healing are removed. The results of more extensive ear surgery and reconstruction may appear in stages over time. Along with a better proportioned and more natural looking balance between the face and ears, many people will also enjoy an improved self-image and increased self-confidence.
How can I learn if ear surgery is right for me or my child?
If you’d like to make an appointment for a consultation to learn whether ear surgery is right for you or your child, contact Dr. Art Armenta’s office. Dr. Art Armenta is a Diplomate and certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Texas Medical Center
6560 Fannin, Suite 1804,
Houston, TX 77030
Email : Info@drarmenta.com