Otoplasty in Dallas and Allen, TX
The correction of prominent ears can be surgically corrected with otoplasty, or ear setback surgery, in both children and adults.
Am I the Right Candidate for Otoplasty?
The ideal ear surgery candidate is anyone with oddly shaped, overly large ears or ears that stick out too far from the sides of the head.
Good candidates are required to be physically healthy, realistic in their expectations, and—in the case of children—mature enough to handle the surgery without compromising their healing process.
What Is Ear Setback Surgery?
We have found it is best in children with prominent ears to delay surgery until the child is old enough to participate in the decision to undergo surgery.
We do ear setback surgery comfortably and safely under local anesthesia and twilight sleep (IV sedation), even on children as young as five years of age.
Even though this deformity may be present from birth, otoplasty is regarded by most insurance companies as cosmetic and not reimbursable.
Ear setback surgery can be done as early as five years of age, but is often delayed to allow for added maturity. In our practice, most otoplasties are done under local anesthesia in our accredited office operating room. Incisions are hidden behind the ears and the surgery reshapes the supporting ear cartilage. The approximate time for this surgery is 60 to 90 minutes. Complications with otoplasty are relatively rare.
As with any other cosmetic procedure, the best way to obtain specific information is in a personal consultation with one or more surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
What Is My Otoplasty Recovery Like?
After otoplasty surgery, patients are outfitted with a heavy-duty dressing, which is later replaced with a lighter headband bandage. Swelling, numbness, redness, and pain may occur but should subside with time.
Most individuals can expect to resume their regular activities in five to seven days; however, strenuous activities and contact sports must be avoided for about one to two months. Parents must monitor their kids and restrict activities during this time to ensure optimal healing.
When Will I See My Ear Surgery Results?
Most patients see their final results in about three to six months following surgery, after residual swelling has completely subsided.
Frequently Asked Questions About Otoplasty
Why should you or your child consider otoplasty?
The ears are a distinctive part of the body. Children or adults with disproportionately large or protruding ears can feel insecure and self-conscious about the way they look. Children, particularly, can be cruel to one another, which can lead to potential psychological and emotional harm.
In some cases, the ears’ prominence is a concern for the parents long before the child becomes aware. Otoplasty seeks to correct oddly shaped, protruding, or overly large ears to be in better harmony with the rest of the face.
Are there any age restrictions for undergoing ear surgery?
While prominent and oddly shaped ears can make a child a target of cruel bullying, it’s important to wait until your child is at least five or six years; this gives the ears enough time to develop fully.
Will there be scarring after my ear surgery procedure?
Incisions for otoplasty are made on the backside of the ear, and—for the most part—they will be virtually undetectable even with close inspection.
Can I combine otoplasty with another procedure?
Does insurance cover otoplasty surgery?
In most cases, insurance companies don’t reimburse for this type of cosmetic surgery unless in cases of traumatic injuries resulting from accidents or congenital ear deformities. Our facility does have financing options available for plastic surgery and cosmetic enhancement procedures.
Dr. Pollock understands the positive impact this procedure has on patients’ lives and seeks to help you attain your cosmetic goals. We will walk you through the process and give you honest advice about meeting your goals.
We are committed to helping you attain your cosmetic goals and are happy to work with you to find a payment method or plan that fits your situation.Financing Available
Contact information for individual North Dallas Plastic Surgery offices
North Dallas Office
8305 Walnut Hill Ln #210
Dallas, TX 75231
Phone: (214) 363-2575Directions & Office Hours
Allen, Tx Office
317 N. Central Expressway Suite 100
Allen, Texas 75013
Phone: (214) 509-0270Directions & Office Hours