Ear Surgery – Otoplasty (Ear Reshaping) – Frisco, Plano, McKinney, TX*

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Overview

An otoplasty may be considered to reshape or repair ears that are too large, too small, or stick out too much. Sometimes, the hole of a pierced ear can become stretched, elongated, or even split from wearing heavy earrings. In addition, there are devices, such as gauges, lugs and ear stretchers that individuals wear that can traumatize the ear. All of these ear conditions can be corrected with cosmetic ear surgery. Frisco, TX double-board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert Najera, performs otoplasty ear surgery to reshape abnormal appearing ears, as well as restorative earlobe repair for men, women, and children with split, stretched, or traumatized ears.

Otoplasty Surgery

Dr. Najera will choose a surgical technique based on what is being repaired or changed on the ear. Incisions are made behind the ear or if made in the front, in the ear’s natural folds so scars will not be apparent after the procedure. Cartilage may be removed or reshaped depending on the patient’s goals. Damaged and/or excess skin may be removed and the remaining skin will be tightened for a natural look and then stitched back together. For ears that are too small or underdeveloped, tissue grafting may be used. If both ears are being repaired, Dr. Najera will take care to match both ears for symmetry. If only one ear is being repaired, the ear being repaired will be matched to the normal ear.

Torn Earlobe Repair

In additional to reshaping and pinning the ears (Otoplasty ear surgery), Dr. Najera also performs ear surgery to repair a torn or damaged earlobe. This is usually caused by trauma, heavy jewelry, gauges, etc. that stretch and tear the earlobe. During surgery, the torn edges of the skin will be carefully trimmed away and removed from both sides of the tear, and then sutures will be placed to re-connect the skin. The patient will have the stitches for several weeks to allow the skin and cartilage to heal together. The stiches will be removed in stages as the earlobe strengthens and the earlobe becomes well shaped.

During/After Surgery

During the earlobe repair, a small amount of local anesthetic is placed into the lobe. Specialized instruments are then used to carefully excise the skin around the earlobe defect. A few tiny sutures are placed to bring the skin edges together, and these stay in for about a week. It takes about 30 minutes to repair one earlobe, and approximately 45 minutes for both. In most cases you can have your ears re-pierced about 6 to 8 weeks after the sutures are removed. Most patients can expect a rapid recovery with minimal post-procedure discomfort.

Expected Cost

An otoplasty can cost between $2,000 and $5,000 depending on the extent of the procedure and whether one or both ears are being repaired. In most cases, ear surgery is considered elective and not covered by your insurance. However, if ear surgery is needed to correct a birth defect or trauma, your insurance may cover all or part of the cost.

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Average Cost  
$2,000 - $5,000
Recovery Time  
1-2 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
30 Minutes - 1 Hour
Procedure Recovery Location  
Out-Patient
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Ear Surgery FAQs

  • Length:  30 – 45 minutes
  • Anesthesia:  Local
  • In/Outpatient:  Outpatient
  • Side Effects:  Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain
  • Risks:  Pain, bleeding, infection, fluid collections, healing problems, and blood clots
  • Recovery:  1 - 2 weeks
  • Final Appearance:  2 – 3 weeks
  • Duration of Results:  Permanent, if no more trauma to the ear occurs

Attain Natural Appearing Ears

Just like the rest of your facial features, your ears contribute to your overall appearance and how people perceive you. Symmetrical, aesthetically appealing ears can be achieved with cosmetic ear surgery. If you are not comfortable showing your face from all angles, we invite you to call our Frisco, TX plastic surgery office today and schedule your consultation with Dr. Robert Najera.

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