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
"Austin-Weston is amazing. My first experience with them was in 2007 when I had a life-changing breast reduction. I healed quickly, had minimal scarring and was able to finally buy a shirt that buttoned within weeks of the surgery. 10 years later, I'm still thrilled with the results.For the past year, I've been seeing Savannah for laser hair removal of some hair in undesirable places. Each time, Savannah is incredibly nice and gentle... And there's a noticeable difference each time. After 6 full sessions and a few touch ups, you can't even tell! And after 30 years on this earth, she informed me that I did not have oily skin and switched me over to an Austin-Weston moisturizer that has greatly improved my complexion and made my skin look so much better!The hair removal has greatly improved my confidence and I'm so excited about the results!"- N.C. / Yelp / Dec 11, 2017
"I would like to thank you the Austin-Weston center staff. Wilma Hendrix was super positive and caring in answering all of my questions and making sure I was feeling happy and prepared to take the next step with my surgery. Karla was super attentive and nice in helping me getting ready for my surgery. Dr. Weston is just phenomenal what a great doctor he listened to all my questions and was very supportive with me. He did an amazing job on my nose and making sure I was happy with it. What a sweet doctor! He is simply the best! I am so sorry for not remembering everyone’s name but know that I am grateful for the love and support that I have received from you all the times that I visited the clinic. I truly recommend Austin-Weston for family and friends. Sincerely, Paula Daniels"- P.D. / Google / Jun 27, 2018
"I love the Austin-Weston Center and my injector Jocelyn. She gave my my face back and was ve"- S.D. / Yelp / Jun 22, 2018
"Dr. Knotts was an excellent doctor and compassionate towards the needs of my daughter. Very professional!"- J.S. / Google / Jun 20, 2018
"Dr. Knots was very professional and made me feel comfortable and secure before my surgery."- M.S. / Google / Jun 20, 2018
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.