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Otoplasty

Facial Rejuvenation For The Ears

Houston Otoplasty at Paul F. Fortes MD Plastic Surgery

The ears are a feature that often go unnoticed unless they are prominent and out of balance with the rest of a person’s face. Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, is a procedure designed to address structural ear abnormalities and enhance the overall appearance of the ears. In Houston, Texas, individuals seeking otoplasty can benefit from the expertise of renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Paul F. Fortes. Otoplasty aims to restore balance and proportion to the ears, providing a more natural appearance and potentially boosting self-confidence. This surgical intervention can correct various ear irregularities, including protruding, overly large, or misshapen ears, as well as ears that have been damaged by trauma. Patients considering otoplasty can expect personalized consultations and comprehensive pre-operative instructions to ensure a successful and satisfying outcome.

Reshaping Your Ears for a Harmonious Profile

What is Otoplasty?

Prominent ears tilt away from the scalp and pitch forward. Their shape is determined by the folding patterns of the cartilages that underlie a thin skin cover.

Prominent ears can be corrected by reducing the size of the cartilages or by “pinning” the cartilages back with subcutaneous stitches that are placed behind the ears. Prominent ears are often recognized and corrected during early childhood, usually after age five. For adults, prominent ears can also be corrected employing techniques similar to those used for children. In older adults, enlarging ears and earlobes gradually become associated with advancing age. Earlobe reduction is a relatively simple procedure that reduces one of the signs of aging. Among the most commonly performed office procedures is repair of split earlobes. These are relatively inexpensive procedures that are performed under local anesthesia. The earlobes can then be re-pierced after an adequate period of healing.

Rediscover the Confidence of Balanced Ears

What are the benefits of Otoplasty?

Otoplasty is primarily performed to address abnormalities in the structure of the ears and can be beneficial for both children and adults. Some of the key benefits of otoplasty include:

  • Correction of Prominent Ears: Otoplasty can effectively address protruding or prominent ears, providing a more natural facial appearance.
  • Increased Self-Confidence: The procedure has been shown to boost self-esteem, particularly in children, and can help reduce the risk of bullying due to ear appearance. Adults may also experience increased self-confidence following otoplasty surgery.
  • Natural Facial Appearance: Otoplasty can address various ear deformities, such as abnormally small or large ears, folded or cupped ears, and a "cauliflower" appearance, resulting in a more natural and balanced facial appearance.
  • Permanent Results: Otoplasty provides permanent changes to the structure of the ears, offering long-lasting improvements in ear appearance and symmetry.

In addition to these benefits, otoplasty is considered a safe procedure with minimal risks, and it can lead to improved facial harmony and overall aesthetic enhancement.

Ear Pinning Surgery

Achieve Natural-Looking Results

our Otoplasty Consultation

Dr. Paul Fortes, a distinguished plastic surgeon in Houston, offers comprehensive consultations for individuals considering otoplasty, also known as ear surgery. During the consultation, Dr. Fortes takes the time to understand each patient's unique concerns and aesthetic goals, providing personalized recommendations and addressing any questions or apprehensions. With a focus on patient education and comfort, the consultation process ensures that individuals are well informed about the procedure, its potential outcomes, and the recovery process. Dr. Fortes' expertise and commitment to patient care make him a trusted choice for those seeking otoplasty in the Houston area. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Fortes, individuals can contact his office directly or explore the option of virtual consultations for added convenience.

From Self-Conscious to Self-Assured

Your Otoplasty Procedure

The otoplasty procedure involves several key steps, beginning with a consultation to evaluate the individual's situation, discuss concerns, and establish a treatment plan. During this consultation, the surgeon assesses the patient's general health and well-being, discusses any associated risks, and ensures that the decision to undergo the procedure is based on the individual's own wishes. On the day of the procedure, anesthesia is administered, and discreet incisions are made behind the ear to access the cartilage. In some cases, front incisions may be necessary, which are made within the ear's folds to ensure they are not visible. The cartilage is then rearranged or removed as needed to address the specific ear abnormality, after which the incisions are closed, and the ears are bandaged to support the new shape during the initial healing phase. The otoplasty procedure typically lasts about two to three hours, with recovery taking approximately two to four weeks. The specific surgical techniques and steps may vary based on the severity of the ear abnormality and the individual characteristics of the auricular cartilage. Overall, the procedure is designed to address prominent or irregularly shaped ears, providing a more natural facial appearance and potentially boosting the individual's self-confidence.

Where Ears and Confidence Intersect

Otoplasty Results

The final results of otoplasty, or ear correction surgery, can typically be expected after the initial recovery period of about two weeks, with small improvements continuing to appear for up to 12 months post-procedure. Otoplasty results are generally considered permanent, barring any incidents that impact the shape or proportion of the ears. While individual experiences may vary, the procedure aims to provide pleasing, long-lasting results, contributing to a more natural facial appearance and potentially boosting self-confidence. It is important for patients to have realistic expectations regarding the outcomes of otoplasty. While good results are generally anticipated, there is no absolute guarantee of achieving optimal results in every situation. To ensure the most beautiful and safe outcome, patients are advised to return for all follow-up evaluations and to promptly address any questions or concerns that may arise post-surgery.

Ear Pinning Surgery

A More Balanced You

Otoplasty Recovery and Aftercare

During the recovery period following otoplasty, patients can expect certain healing milestones. In the first 24 hours, it is crucial to get plenty of rest and stay well-hydrated while wearing a mild compression dressing around the ears to manage swelling and soreness. It is important to follow the facial plastic surgeon's instructions clearly and communicate any questions or concerns throughout the recovery process. Patients should avoid rigorous activities until cleared by the surgeon and keep the area around the ears cool with cold compresses as directed. Pain medication should be taken as directed to minimize discomfort and physical stress that could interfere with the healing process.

The recovery timeline for otoplasty typically involves returning to normal activity levels within a few days, with swelling and bruising around the ears subsiding over several weeks. It is essential to adhere to post-surgery instructions, including keeping bandages clean and dry, wearing a broad headband over the ears, and attending all follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process and address any residual swelling or issues. Every patient's situation is unique, and specific aftercare instructions provided should be followed diligently to ensure successful results from the procedure.

Otoplasty Frequently Asked Questions

Some ears may appear more prominent due to an overgrowth of cartilage or an underdeveloped antihelical fold. Otoplasty addresses these issues by reshaping the cartilage and repositioning the ears closer to the head.

Most adult patients undergo otoplasty under local anesthesia with or without oral sedation. Younger patients who may not tolerate local anesthesia injections typically receive general anesthesia.

Otoplasty results are generally considered permanent, with the final outcomes typically visible after the initial recovery period of about two weeks. Small improvements may continue to appear for up to 12 months post-procedure.

Following otoplasty, patients should expect some swelling and bruising, which will subside over several weeks. It is important to adhere to post-surgery instructions, including keeping bandages clean and dry, wearing a broad headband over the ears, and attending all follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process.

Care You Can Trust

Place your trust in deserving hands. Explore state-of-the-art options and design your personalized treatment plan with renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Fortes. Your best results are within reach.