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Dallas Otoplasty - Plano Ear Surgery

Ear surgery is performed to set prominent ears back closer to the head, to reduce the size of large ears, or to correct any deformity. It is most frequently done on children between the ages of 4 to 14 (by age 4 the ears are fully grown). The earlier a child has ear surgery, the less teasing and ridicule the child will endure. Ear surgery for adults pose no additional risks.

The operation is generally performed in an outpatient setting under general anesthesia. During the operation, an incision is made at the back of the ear to expose the cartilage and sutures are used to shape the cartilage into folds. Depending on the size or deformity of the ears, Dr. Lester may remove a piece of cartilage for a more natural looking fold when the surgery is complete. The skin is redraped, any excess skin is removed and the incision behind the ear is closed. A pressure bandage is wrapped around the head to prevent excessive accumulation of fluid beneath the skin and to promote the best molding and healing.

The head bandage should be worn until the stitches are removed, or the follow-up office visit, usually within a week from surgery. Most patients experience very little pain following their procedure, except for throbbing of the ears. As with any surgery, there will be swelling and some bruising, but this will resolve itself within the first two to three weeks.