Plastic Surgery Blog

How is an Otoplasty Performed?

patient looking into an otoplasty Ears that are misshapen or in an unnatural position can look unattractive. Ears that are too large in relation to the face and head, those that protrude, and ears that have irregular shapes can leave many people feeling less confident and more self-conscious.

This is especially true for children who can become the focus of bullies, as many children with protruding ears may be teased in school. Ear plastic surgery, known as an otoplasty, can help.

What is an Otoplasty?

An otoplasty, also known as ear cosmetic surgery, ear pinning, or ear shaping surgery, can help correct many ear issues. It’s a surgical procedure that changes the shape, position or size of the ears.

Otoplasty can correct the following issues:

  • Pinback ears that protrude far from the head
  • Reshape or resize ears
  • Make one or both ears more proportionate in relation to the size and shape of the head and face
  • Improve the symmetry of a pair of ears
  • Fix an external ear that’s in need of reconstruction or repair
  • Repair torn earlobes or elongated piercings typically caused by earrings

When is an otoplasty performed?

You’re a good candidate for an otoplasty if:

  • Your ear(s) stick out significantly from your head
  • Your ears are considerably larger than you’d like
  • You have misshapen ears due to injury or birth defects
  • You're not satisfied with a previous ear surgery

How is an otoplasty performed?

First, anesthesia is given so that the procedure is pain-free. Then, the surgeon makes a cut just behind the ear, within the natural crease where the ear meets the head.

Depending on the individual’s needs, the doctor removes, reshapes or softens the amount of cartilage and skin to accomplish the desired effect(s). In some cases, the cartilage is cropped and shaped into a more attractive, natural-looking form. Then, the cartilage is secured with permanent sutures, which are hidden behind the ear, to keep the new position in place. The results of otoplasty are permanent.

Where can you get an otoplasty in Houston?

It's common for plastic surgeons to perform ear and facial plastic surgery, but few limit their practice to specialize in these areas. Many plastic surgeons spend most of their time performing breast procedures and tummy tucks.

Dr. Yeung devotes 100% of his time to cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery. Dr. Yeung is double board-certified in facial plastic surgery as well as otolaryngology, also known as the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialty.

Dr. Yeung is one of the best otoplasty surgeons in the Houston area with more than 20 years experience. His many years of experience and innovative surgical approaches have led him to develop cutting-edge techniques that achieve beautiful, natural-looking results for his patients with minimal recovery times.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Yeung Today

If you are considering ear surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Yeung at his state of the art Yeung Institute. During your visit, Dr. Yeung will listen to your concerns and discuss your options. He will custom-tailor the right procedure for you to achieve the best possible result. You will also see “before and after photos” of his patients, who have undergone an otoplasty, to see first-hand the natural-looking results Dr. Yeung achieves.

Get started by contacting our office today or call 713-795-4885 to learn more about otoplasty. You can also get started by filling out the appointment request form right on this page.

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