About Ear Surgery
Our team of board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery offers ear surgery to individuals who wish to alter the size and shape of their ears. Otoplasty or ear surgery is a surgical procedure performed on children and adults to recontour or pin back protruding ears. Adults can have the procedure done at any age, and parents usually choose to have the procedure on children around 5 or 6 when teasing happens and before grade school. The result is a more symmetrical profile that complements the rest of the face. Call our Reston, VA office to schedule a consult to learn how this procedure can help you.
The best candidates for ear reconstruction surgery:
- Have prominent, sticking out, misaligned, misshapen, or disproportionate ears
- Can be as young as five or six to correct ear abnormalities
- Have anxiety about the look of their ears
- Desire a long-term solution
- Desire a natural look
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What to Expect
Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure that can be performed under local or general anesthesia. Incisions are made behind the ear to access the cartilage. Cartilage can then be manipulated through removal, reshaping, and reforming to repair the ears for an improved, symmetrical look. Excess skin from the ear can also be removed if needed. Ear surgery is commonly used to pin back protruding ears, repair earlobes,and over reshape an ear to achieve facial balance and natural-looking results. The length of the surgery depends on the technique and the condition of the patient's ears, but is generally around 1 hour per ear.
Following ear surgery, the ears will be dressed to provide protection from accidentally hitting them overnight. The dressings are removed the next day and ears examined. A headband may be recommended to wear while sleeping for several weeks afterward. Pain and discomfort is managed with oral pain medications, and swelling and bruising is largely improved by one week with final results expected by 3 months. Results are long standing and should provide years of positive benefits for patients.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $6,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
Transform Your Ears Today
Anxiety about your ears as an adult or harassment at school for children can have profound effects on self-esteem and self-image. Ear surgery can vastly improve a patient’s appearance and confidence. To learn more about transforming your or your child’s ears, give us a call today to schedule a consultation.