About Ear Pinning
Ears that protrude, stick out, are 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. 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.
"He has been treating me for quite a few months now. His dedication to me as a patient has been absolutely excellent. When medical treatment was necessary, he saw me on weekends, holidays and whenever needed. He is a dedicated Physician with his patients being number one on his priority list."- J.H. / Healthgrades / Jan 26, 2020
"Dr. Kasden is a very attentive surgeon and will discuss with you all possible outcomes preparing you for your surgery. He has made sure I was very satisfied with my results and has even inspired my youngest daughter to want to grow up and be a Doctor like him. I searched for 2 years for a great surgeon and when I had my initial consultation with Dr. Kasden I knew I would chose him. He came very highly recommended amongst my mom groups and friends and I can now tell you why."- A.M. / Google / Feb 28, 2020
"Dr. Kasden performed both my breast and arm lift procedures. Both were successful with great results. Dr. Kasden spends as much time as needed to explain the procedures and to answer questions. He has a great bedside manner and is very caring. He called my husband to check on my progress after I was discharged from both day surgeries and I was able to text him or speak with him if I had any concerns or questions during recovery. He offers a very personalized type of care and tells you exactly what to expect post surgery. On top of that, he has a great sense of humor and makes patients feel comfortable. I really appreciated that. Highly recommend him. Sharon, who is the office manager, is extremely friendly and also very caring. She always inquires how I am doing when I call or come in for post-op visits."- S. / Healthgrades / Feb 22, 2020
"Dr. Kasden is a very attentive surgeon and will discuss with you all possible outcomes preparing you for your surgery. He has made sure I was very satisfied with my results and has even inspired my youngest daughter to want to grow up and be a Doctor like him. I searched for 2 years for a great surgeon and when I had my initial consultation with Dr. Kasden I knew I would chose him. He came very highly recommended amongst my mom groups and friends and I can now tell you why."- A.M. / Google / Feb 12, 2020
"He is Doctor and Surgeon You Can Trust! - Dr Kasden will talk with you at length about what your goals are and how he can help you achieve them. He will give you honest advice on what to expect every step of the way. This is my second surgery procedure with Dr Kasden. My first was a neck lift with coblation on my face to get rid of fine lines. I am so happy with both results. I have also received Botox many times- always with natural results. He is a surgeon that will follow up on his patients much more than any other doctor I have ever known. He really cares! Sharon, who runs the office, is a joy as well as being professional and helpful. I am grateful to have found Dr Kasden and his staff!"- C. / RealSelf / Jan 30, 2020
Ear Surgery Ideal Candidates
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 you attain a natural-looking appearance.
Ear Surgery Surgical Technique
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 with Ear Surgery
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, he 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.
Ear Surgery Frequently Asked Questions
How much does ear surgery cost?
The cost of ear surgery will depend on many factors, including whether one or both ears need treatment, as well as the extent of the surgery needed to achieve your desired result. 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 effect 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.
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.