What is Ear Surgery?
Ear surgery or otoplasty is performed to reshape or reposition the ears, giving you the confidence to show your face from every angle. Patients who might benefit from otoplasty have ears that are large, abnormally shaped, or protrude outward. This elective cosmetic procedure can be performed on children as young as six years old. Dr. Reo Pugao generously offers patients of El Paso, TX free facial surgery consultations to make informed decisions about otoplasty and other elective surgeries. If you or your child are concerned about ear shape or protrusion, contact our dedicated staff at SkinSational MedSpa to book your free consultation.
How is ear surgery performed?
Ideal candidates for ear surgery have some form of visible abnormality on their ears, are at least six years of age, are in good general health, and have realistic expectations about what the surgery can accomplish. Dr. Reo Pugao can help patients understand what the procedure will be like, what results can be reasonably expected, and what the healing process following the procedure will look like. Otoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. During otoplasty, ear cartilage is usually reshaped or removed to achieve a more balanced look with the rest of the face, and the cartilage is secured with sutures closer to the head. Incisions are made in the natural folds of the ear where they will be less noticeable once the skin has healed. The surgery takes about two hours to complete, and younger patients will need to be monitored to ensure they do not touch their ears while they are healing.
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Ear Surgery FAQ
How much does ear surgery cost?
Costs for ear surgery will depend on what is being performed (ear shaping, pinning, earlobe repair, or a combination). Once Dr. Pugao understands your issues and wants, he can make your surgical plan and estimate costs. In order to concentrate on getting the results that you need instead of prices, SkinSational MedSpa takes several payment methods, and a member of our team can help you obtain low-interest financing.
Will the results of ear surgery last?
Usually, the ears grow faster compared to other parts of the face and body, which is why an otoplasty can be carried out on younger patients with long-lasting outcomes. Dr. Pugao will assess the ears and then discuss what to expect and also how long the outcomes ought to last. Even as the body and face can change dramatically from age and gravity, the effect on the ears should be minimal. In the event there are significant changes to the ears because of an injury, another surgery may be performed.
How old should my child be to consider ear otoplasty?
Typically, children about 5 – 6 years of age are ideal candidates for otoplasty. Although the ear is usually fully grown, the cartilage and tissue are still malleable, making it easy to reshape. This age is also good as it's before they begin school or early in their education so that they can avoid teasing. Even though a lot of ear surgery patients are young children, Dr. Pugao also performs otoplasty on adults.
Do I need to have both ears done or just one?
Most difficulties, including ears that are too large or stick out, occur in both ears, so both will need to be corrected. During ear surgery, Dr. Pugao will adjust both ears to make them as symmetrical as possible. However, if just one ear has to be altered, the shape and size will be altered to mirror the other ear. When he develops your surgical plan, Dr. Pugao will let you know if one or both ears will be corrected.
What about fixing stretched or torn earlobes?
The popularity of ear gauges and big earrings have made earlobe repair a popular operation at SkinSational MedSpa. If you are considering having earlobe surgery, schedule an appointment with Dr. Pugao. He will analyze the damage and then let you know what could be done in order to repair your earlobes.
Confident from every angle
Ear surgery is a great option for patients who are concerned about protruding or abnormal ears. Dr. Reo Pugao can skillfully bring the ears into balance with the other facial features, and he offers his time and expertise to help you understand what surgery will be like with free consultations. If you believe you or your child could benefit from otoplasty, contact SkinSational MedSpa in El Paso, TX to schedule your free consultation.