Otoplasty in the Houston Area

Do your ears or your child’s ears stick out? This can very easily be repaired with a quick and simple facial plastic surgery procedure known as otoplasty. Houston area ear pinning patients young and old can count on Dr. Athré for an improved appearance.

The ear is made of a cartilage framework that is covered with skin. The cartilage framework has several folds and ridges in it that give the ear its shape. The primary anatomic landmarks of the ear are the helix, antihelix, and conchal bowl.

Request a complimentary consultation online to learn more about otoplasty from Dr. Athré, or schedule your appointment by calling 281-557-3223.

Dr. Athré is available for select evening and weekend consultation appointments. If you are interested in meeting with him at one of these times, please call our office during our normal business hours for more information about his availability.

Why Do the Ears Stick Out?

Ears that stick out do so because of one or both of the following reasons:

  • Lack of an antihelix fold
  • Too much cartilage in the conchal bowl

When the ears develop, the various cartilaginous precursors combine to give the ear its final shape. When any of the steps in development of the cartilage are disturbed, protuberant ears can result.

When Should Surgery Be Performed?

Otoplasty or ear pinning surgery is the only cosmetic procedure that is performed on more children than on adults. The ears are fully developed by the age of four and most parents opt to have their child’s ears surgically corrected before psychological damage from ridicule and teasing in school occurs.
Children can be very cruel at school, so otoplasty is usually performed just before the first grade. The prominence of the ears often provoke name calling and children can feel self-conscious or psychologically traumatized from the unwelcomed harassment.

Of course, otoplasty/ear surgery is also performed on thousands of adult patients each year. Although they tend to have come to terms with any stigma, many adults may still feel frustrated at not being able to wear their hair pulled back or a shorter hair style and swimming can be embarrassing as the prominent ears protrude through the wet hair.

What Happens During the Consultation?

When discussing otoplasty for a child patient, Dr. Athré makes sure to create a non-clinical and comfortable environment. It is important for your child to feel at ease. Before and after pictures of other children are shown to the child and to the parents. He makes a point of including the child in the entire consultation so that they are aware of the entire procedure.

Video imaging is performed so that the child can see what he/she will look like after their ear surgery, In Dr. Athré’s experience, children enjoy this part and many giggles are heard as they not only look at other children, but their own ears transforming into perfectly pinned back ears. Adult patients appreciate the opportunity to see how they will look with normal shaped ears, too. For individuals who also want to balance their facial features, rhinoplasty at our Houston area practice may also be suggested.

What Can I Expect from Surgery?

Ear surgery usually takes about 2 hours and is performed as an outpatient procedure with little post-operative discomfort and a quick recovery time of about a week. A protective bandage is created for the patient to wear the first few days. Children normally miss 1 week of school, but adults can return to work much sooner.

Otoplasty is one of the most rewarding procedures Dr. Athré performs. The real joy comes in having the patients see the dramatic results immediately. It is very gratifying to see the smiles on the faces of children and adults alike when they see their postoperative results.