Otoplasty in Dallas and Allen, TX
Large and protruding ears is a genetic concern, but, sadly, one that often leaves lasting ramifications in terms of self-confidence. When the ears stick out, it can cause the face to look out of proportion and draw unwanted attention, whether you are in a professional setting or running around the schoolyard.
The correction of prominent ears can be surgically corrected with otoplasty, or ear setback surgery, in both children and adults. Ear pinning surgery can help restore symmetry and return a more natural look by positioning the ears closer to the scalp.
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. 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. While the surgery can be performed once the ears are fully developed, which usually happens around the age of five or six, otoplasty is still an invasive plastic surgery procedure that permanently changes your appearance. It can be easy for a parent to want this surgery as soon as possible to minimize the possibility of ridicule or teasing; however, your child is the one who will be undergoing the process. They must be aware of what the surgery will entail.
What Is Ear Setback Surgery?
We do ear setback surgery comfortably and safely in our accredited office operating room. Most children undergo their ear pinning surgery under local anesthesia and twilight sleep (IV) sedation. Adult patients often do well with just local anesthesia unless they are combining their otoplasty with another facial rejuvenation procedure.
Incisions are hidden behind the ears. This placement hides the resulting scars in the natural creases behind the ear, and they are often not a concern.
Through these incisions, Dr. Pollock will reshape the supporting ear cartilage. This allows him to resize or adjust large or misshapen ears and position the ears closer to the scalp.
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?
Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure (even with children) and patients can return home to begin their recovery soon after their surgery is complete.
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, including work and school, 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?
While you will start to see your results immediately after surgery, your final results will be camouflaged by the swelling.
Most patients see their final results in about three to six months following surgery, after residual swelling has completely subsided. Otoplasty offers permanent and life-changing results.
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?
Absolutely. Adult otoplasty can be combined with other facial enhancement procedures like blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), rhinoplasty (nose surgery), or facelift surgery for an improved appearance.
How much is otoplasty in Dallas, TX?
The cost of your Dallas and Allen ear pinning surgery will vary depending on the exact needs and extent of the procedure and whether or not you are choosing to combine your otoplasty with any other facial surgery. Additional cost factors include anesthesia fees, facility fees, and surgeon’s fees. You will be given an accurate price estimate after your consultation with Dr. Pollock.
Does insurance cover otoplasty surgery?
Even though this deformity may be present from birth, otoplasty is regarded by most insurance companies as cosmetic and not reimbursable.
In most cases, insurance companies only reimburse this type of cosmetic surgery 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. We offer financing through CareCredit, which provides flexible repayment options.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