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Ears (Otoplasty) Austin

Ear Surgery is a broad term to that encompasses several surgeries that are all intended to repair trauma to the ear or improve the aesthetic appearance of the ears.  The most common reason individuals seek surgical intervention for their ear is to alter the appearance of protruding ears. This procedure is most commonly performed on small children who are self conscious about the appearance of their ears.  They may grow their hair long; wear hat or other maneuvers to camouflage their ears. Adults may also benefit from this procedure, giving them more freedom with hairstyles and improving self-esteem.

Ear Surgery can also include repair of one ear lobe that can happen when earrings tear through the lobe.  The ear lobe can tear because earring is pulled on and tears the lobe or simply the weight of the earring slowly expands the pierced hole over time. 

Good Candidates For Otoplasty/Ear Surgery

  • The cartilage in the ear must be fully developed, usually around age five to six.
  • You are self conscious about the size and/or shape of your ears.
  • Your ears are not symmetrical.
  • Ear deformity from earrings
  • Traumatic ear defects
  • You are in good health.
  • You have realistic expectations.

Your Otoplasty/Ear Surgery Consultation

  • Patients will present for their evaluation where they will meet Dr. Franco and his staff
  • Dr. Franco and his staff to determine the best treatment will do a medical history and physical exam. 
  • The treatment options will be discussed with you that can help you achieve you aesthetic goals
  • The risks and benefits of the surgery will also be discussed during your consultation. 
  • Then you will have an opportunity to talk about scheduling and fees with the patient care coordinator that will assist you throughout the process.

About Otoplasty/Ear Surgery

  • Anesthesia is required for treatment of protruding ears, however many earlobe repairs can be done under local anesthesia.
  • An incision is made just behind the ear, where the ear meets the head. Hiding the incision from frontal view
  • The surgeon will sculpt the cartilage to its desired shape.
  • Stitches are used to "pin back" or secure the ears into place.

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