Ears that protrude outward, are misshapen and uneven, or look unnaturally large can negatively impact your self-confidence, especially when young. Otoplasty, including earlobe repair and ear pinning, is a cosmetic treatment that helps to recontour the size, position, and shape of the ears to create a normal look. Dr. Marisa Lawrence is a skilled, fellowship-trained and double board-certified plastic surgeon who has assisted countless women, men, and children to overcome their embarrassment of showing their ears by undergoing this surgery. Regardless of the cosmetic issue, ear surgery at Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, GA allows an individual to show their face from any angle with newfound confidence. If you or your child are concerned about the shape or size of the ears, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lawrence to find out about your options for otoplasty.
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Ideal Candidates for Otoplasty
Ear reshaping surgery can be done on patients of all ages; however, it is often most common among young children and is suggested before the start of elementary school. By age six, this cosmetic surgery is safe to be performed on a child. If you feel embarrassed by the shape and size of your ears because they stick out or are too large, otoplasty can be considered to attain a natural-looking appearance. If you suffer from a torn, stretched, or damaged earlobe, you are also a candidate for otoplasty.
Otoplasty Surgical Technique
Ear reshaping surgery is completed using anesthesia, either general or IV sedation. Most often, the incision is made around the back portion of the ear or inside the inner folds. During surgery, cartilage will be manipulated to create a new contour and natural-looking appearance. It's generally common for both ears to be altered during treatment to ensure they look and appear symmetrical. After the procedure, the incisions are safely stitched together with sutures and wrapped so they are safeguarded for healing.
What to Expect
Once the procedure is finished and it is safe to leave the outpatient surgery center, you will heal and rest at home. Dr. Lawrence or a member of her team will send you home with recovery instructions. It is important to not touch or scratch the ears. Also, you or your child should avoid laying on the ears, and instead, sleep propped up for the first few days. Dr. Lawrence recommends seeing her ear surgery patients back within 3 – 5 days — during this time, Dr. Lawrence will take off the coverings and check you or your child's ears. Natural-looking ears are visible almost immediately and the results will continue to look better as the ears heal.
Frequently Asked Questions
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. Lawrence has listened to your concerns and goals, she can create your surgical plan and estimate costs. In order for you to focus on getting the results you need instead of costs, Marisa Lawrence, Plastic Surgery accepts many payment methods and we can help you find low-interest financing.
Will the results of ear surgery last?
Normally, the ears mature faster than other parts of the face and body, which is why an otoplasty can be done on younger patients with long-lasting results. Dr. Lawrence will examine the ears and then talk about realistic expectations along with how long the results may last. Even as the face and body can change due to age and gravity, the effect on the ears is usually minimal. If there are dramatic changes to the ears due to an injury, a second otoplasty could be performed.
How old should my child be to consider otoplasty?
Typically, 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 change. This age is also good as it is before they start school or early in their education, so they can avoid teasing from their classmates. Although many otoplasty patients are young children, Dr. Lawrence also performs ear surgery on adults.
Do I need to have both ears done or just one?
The most common problems, including ears that are oversized or stick out, occur in both ears, so both will need to be fixed. During the surgery, Dr. Lawrence will shape both ears so they are as equal as possible. However, if only one ear needs to be changed, the size and shape will be altered to match the other ear. When she develops your treatment plan, Dr. Lawrence will let you know whether or both ears will be addressed.
What about fixing stretched or torn earlobes?
The popularity of ear gauges and big earrings have made earlobe repair a popular surgery at Marisa Lawrence, Plastic Surgery. If you are interested in having earlobe repair, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lawrence. She will examine the damage and explain what might be done to restore your earlobes.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $2,000
- Recovery Time
- 7 – 10 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Reshape Your Ears with Otoplasty
While the ears are small, an unusual shape, size, or position can make a significant difference in your appearance. Otoplasty (ear surgery) can help your child avoid teasing at school, or help you if you have always felt unhappy with your ears. Contact Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, GA to schedule your appointment with Dr. Lawrence 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.