Achieve More Balanced and Proportionate Ears With Ear Surgery in Houston

The ears are an oft-overlooked facial feature, but if they stick out too far or are disproportionate, uneven, or abnormally shaped, they can greatly distract from your natural beauty. In fact, it’s quite common for children and adults to be self-conscious about how their ears look. Fortunately, ear surgery (otoplasty) in Houston is a relatively simple procedure that can significantly improve the aesthetics of the ears while preserving the patient’s natural appearance.

What Is Ear Surgery?

Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure performed to enhance the overall appearance of the ears. The procedure, which is regularly performed on both children and adults, can be used to correct a variety of aesthetic issues with the ears. For example, otoplasty is frequently used to adjust ears that are disfigured or abnormally shaped. It can also be performed to treat ears that are asymmetrical or do not match the proportions of the patient’s face. In some cases, ear surgery is used to restore the appearance of the ears after physical injury.

The specifics of ear surgery will vary depending on the unique needs and preferences of the patient. In most cases, Dr. Sturm will carefully remove and/or adjust cartilage and skin to enhance the proportions and appearance of the ears. Depending on the patient’s goals, Dr. Sturm may also make subtle adjustments to the earlobes.

What Is Ear Pinning?

One of the most common forms of ear surgery is a procedure called ear pinning. Dr. Sturm uses this technique to help patients who are unhappy with the projection of their ears—i.e., how far they stick out from the head. During the procedure, the protruding ears are typically repositioned with sutures to bring them closer to the face, making them appear smaller.

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Benefits of Ear Surgery

Ear surgery (otoplasty) in Houston is a very effective procedure for those unsatisfied with their ears' aesthetics. The primary benefits of the surgery include:

  • Improved ear symmetry and proportions
  • Correction of ear deformities
  • Improved ear projection
  • Improved facial balance
  • Improved self-confidence and self-image
  • Permanent results
  • Natural-looking results

Who Is a Good Candidate for Ear Surgery in Houston?

Children and adults who feel that their ears are too large, uneven, or sticking out too far could be good candidates for ear surgery. You could also be a candidate for the procedure if you’re looking to eliminate an ear disfigurement or deformity or would like to enhance the overall aesthetics of your ears. Ideal candidates for the procedure should be in good physical health, have fully developed ears, be non-smokers, and not be currently pregnant or nursing. During your private consultation with Dr. Sturm, she’ll ask you various questions to make sure that the surgery is right for you.

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What Should I Expect During the Otoplasty Procedure?

Before your ear surgery, you’ll sit down for a private consultation with Dr. Sturm. This meeting will be your chance to discuss the procedure with your doctor, tell her about your aesthetic goals, and receive answers to all of your questions. Dr. Sturm will examine your ears and work with you to determine the ideal approach for the procedure. This will involve the creation of a personalized treatment plan based on your preferred appearance.

Depending on the patient, ear surgery can be performed using either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation.

Usually, general anesthesia is only used when the patient is a child. Once the anesthesia has been administered, Dr. Sturm makes small, inconspicuous incisions in the backs of the ears. She then begins making precise adjustments to the ear cartilage and skin based on the patient’s desired changes. With Dr. Sturm, ensuring that the ears still look natural after the surgery is always a high priority. Once the new shape and position of the ears have been secured, the doctor will close the incisions with sutures to complete the procedure.

What Is the Recovery Like After Ear Surgery?

After your ear surgery, you’ll likely need to have your ears covered with a wrap for at least one night. After that, we may give you a special headband to wear while sleeping for the next couple of weeks. While you recover, you may experience some swelling and discomfort, but these symptoms should gradually subside on their own.

Typically, children can return to school and their normal routines around one week after otoplasty. Adult patients can usually start easing back into their normal lives only a few days after the procedure. It’s also important to wait two or three weeks before engaging in strenuous physical activity.

Why Choose Dr. Angela Sturm for Otoplasty in Houston?

Dr. Angela Sturm is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon known for her skill, expertise, and compassion. She completed her medical training and residency at the Baylor College of Medicine, and throughout her career, she has been the most awarded female plastic surgeon in Houston. She has also co-authored and published numerous medical journals relating to head and neck surgical techniques and facial plastic surgery techniques. Dr. Sturm prides herself on understanding the unique needs and priorities of her patients. Rather than attempting to make drastic changes to the way you look, she’ll instead work to accentuate your natural beauty, refine your appearance, and help you become the best possible version of yourself. If you’re ready to schedule your consultation, simply call our office or fill out a contact form today.

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Ear Surgery FAQ

Will I have scars after ear surgery?

How long does otoplasty take?

How old do you need to be to undergo ear surgery?

Will I have scars after ear surgery?

Although your procedure may result in small scars, they will be well-hidden behind the ears, and Dr. Sturm will be sure to make them as inconspicuous as possible.

How long does otoplasty take?

The length of the surgery can vary from one patient to the next, but on average, it takes between one and three hours to complete.

How old do you need to be to undergo ear surgery?

Technically, ear surgery can be performed on anyone whose ears are fully formed. Typically, children reach this point around the age of five.

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