About Cosmetic Ear Surgery
Ears that protrude, stick out, misshapen, uneven, or oversized can affect your self-confidence, especially during childhood. Ear surgery is a cosmetic treatment that helps to correct the shape, size, and/or position of the ears to create a natural look. Dr. Scott Kasden is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Southlake, TX who has assisted countless men and women to overcome their concerns about the appearance of their ears with this otoplasty (ear shaping surgery). Regardless of the physical irregularity, ear surgery at the plastic surgery practice of Scott E. Kasden, M.D. allows an individual to show their face from any angle with confidence. Dr. Kasden also offers earlobe repair if you have torn or stretched lobes from ear gauges or heavy earrings. If you or your child are concerned about the size or shape of your ears, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kasden to learn more about ear recontouring surgery.
Earlobes that are completely torn or just stretched make it difficult or impossible to wear earrings. This typically occurs after years of wearing heavy earrings. Dr. Kasden performs earlobe repair to correct stretched or torn skin and cartilage so your lobes are strong enough to hold earrings again.
Ear Gauge Repair
Ear gauges have become very popular in recent years, especially among younger men and women. However, many people realize that their ear gauges are holding them back from career advancement, social opportunities, or joining the armed forces. Dr. Kasden offers ear gauge repair to recreate and reconstruct your natural earlobes after removing ear gauges.
"Dr. Kasden made my first surgery experience very comfortable, ensuring I knew all about my procedure, and giving me AMAZING results! He provides extremely well pre and post op care, and his office staff is always very friendly. I recommend him to everyone I know!"- C. / Healthgrades / Sep 18, 2018
"Happy with brow lift and tummy tuck - I consulted with 5 other plastic surgeons before deciding to go with Dr. Kasden for my tummy tuck and brow lift. He and his staff took their time explaining the procedures in detail and seemed to really care about their patients. I am very happy with the results from my brow lift and tummy tuck. My brow lift looks very natural and although I am still healing from my tummy tuck, I can see the final results will be great. The after care has been amazing which is something I did not even consider when making my decision. Dr. Kasden was on call over the weekend right after my surgery and took my phone calls when I had concerns. He sees me in his office to monitor my healing and really seems to care about me as a patient. I highly recommend Dr. Kasden and if I decide to get another procedure done in the future then it would be an easy choice for me to make to go back to him."- Anonymous / Vitals / Sep 30, 2018
"I consulted with 5 other plastic surgeons before deciding to go with Dr. Kasden for a tummy tuck and brow lift. He and his staff took their time explaining the procedures in detail and seemed to really care about their patients. I am very happy with the results from my brow lift and tummy tuck. My brow lift looks very natural and although I am still healing from my tummy tuck , I can see the final results will be great. The after care has been amazing which is something I did not even consider."- K. / Healthgrades / Sep 30, 2018
"Tummy tuck and brow lift - I consulted with 5 other plastic surgeons before deciding to go with Dr. Kasden for my tummy tuck and brow lift. He and his staff took their time explaining the procedures in detail and seemed to really care about their patients. I am very happy with the results from my brow lift and tummy tuck. My brow lift looks very natural and although I am still healing from my tummy tuck, I can see the..."- K. / RealSelf / Sep 30, 2018
"6 out of 5 Stars - Dr. Kasden is a talented surgeon who produces AMAZING results. He truly cares about his patients, and wants them to feel comfortable and knowledgeable prior to any procedure. He has excellent post-op care, which is a major plus! Once you meet him for your first consultation you'll be immediately hooked."- Anonymous / Vitals / Sep 17, 2018
Otoplasty can be done on patients of all ages; however, it is common among young children and is suggested prior to reaching elementary school. By age six, this operative procedure is usually safe to be performed on a child. If you are self-conscious about the look and shape of your ears because they stick out or are too large, otoplasty can help attain a natural-looking appearance. If you suffer from a torn or damaged earlobe, you are also a candidate for otoplasty.
Otoplasty is usually completed using general anesthesia or IV sedation. In many patients, the incision is made behind the ear or inside the inner ear. During surgery, cartilage will be reshaped to create a smaller or larger appearance. It is common for both ears to be altered during the surgical procedure to ensure they look and appear even. After this, the incisions are secured with sutures and carefully bandaged so they stay safeguarded for healing.
What to Expect
When the procedure is over and it is safe to leave the outpatient surgery center, you will recover at home. Dr. Kasden or a member of his team will provide recovery instructions. It is important to not rub, touch, or scratch the ears. In addition, you or your child should avoid laying on the ears and instead, try sleeping upright for a few days. Dr. Kasden likes to see his ear surgery patients back within a week — during this time, Dr. Kasden will be able to remove the wrappings and assess you or your child's ears. Natural-looking ears can be seen almost immediately and the results will continue to look better as the ears heal.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does ear surgery cost?
The cost for ear surgery will depend on what is being performed (ear shaping, pinning, earlobe repair, or a combination). Once Dr. Kasden has listened to your concerns and goals, he can create your surgical plan and estimate costs. In order for you to focus on getting the results you need instead of costs, the plastic surgery practice of Scott E. Kasden, M.D. accepts many payment methods and we can help you find low-interest medical financing.
Will the results of ear surgery last?
The ears typically mature faster than other parts of the face and body, which is why an otoplasty can be performed on younger patients with long-lasting results. Dr. Kasden will assess the ears and then talk to you about realistic expectations and how long the results should last. Even as the rest of the face and body can change due to age and gravity, the affect on the ears should be minimal. If there are dramatic changes to the ears due to an injury, a second otoplasty may be performed.
How old should my child be to consider otoplasty?
On average, children about 5 – 6 years of age are ideal candidates for otoplasty. While the ear is usually fully developed, the cartilage and tissue will still be soft, making it easy to reshape. This age is also good because it is before they start school or early in their education, so they can avoid being teased by classmates. Although many otoplasty patients are children, Dr. Kasden also performs ear surgery on adults.
Do I need to have both ears done or just one?
Many issues, including ears that are too large or stick out, occur in both ears, so both will need to be corrected. During the surgery, Dr. Kasden will shape both ears so they are as symmetrical as possible. However, if only one ear needs to be changed, the size and shape will be altered to match the other ear. When he develops your treatment plan, Dr. Kasden will let you know whether one or both ears will be addressed.
What about fixing stretched or torn earlobes?
The popularity of large earrings and ear gauges have made earlobe repair a popular surgery at Scott E. Kasden, M.D. If you are interested in having earlobe repair surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kasden. He will examine the damage and let you know what may be done to restore your earlobes.
Plan Your Procedure
Reshape Your Ears
Even though the ears are small, the wrong position, shape, or size can make a big difference in your appearance. Ear surgery can help your child avoid teasing at school, or help you if you've always felt self-conscious about your ears. Contact the plastic surgery practice of Scott E. Kasden, M.D. in Southlake, TX to schedule your appointment with plastic surgeon Dr. Kasden and learn more about cosmetic ear reshaping surgery. We look forward to helping you gain a look you can be proud of and the confidence to flaunt it.