Cosmetic Ear Surgery (Otoplasty, Ear Reshaping or Pinning) – Leesburg, VA

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About Cosmetic Ear Surgery

Ears that appear to protrude outward, are asymmetrical or misshapen, or look unnaturally big can negatively impact your self-esteem, especially when young. Otoplasty (ear reshaping) is a cosmetic procedure that helps to recontour the size, position, and shape of the ears to result in a normal appearance. This procedure can also address torn earlobes or ears that have been damaged due to injury or trauma. Dr. Phillip Chang is a plastic surgeon in Leesburg, VA who has helped many women, men, and children move past their embarrassment of exposing their ears by undergoing this surgery. No matter the cosmetic issue, otoplasty at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA allows a patient to proudly show their face at any angle with a newfound confidence. If you or your child are worried about the shape or size of the ears, make an appointment with Dr. Chang to find out about your options for ear recontouring surgery.

Ideal Candidates

Ear reshaping surgery can be performed at any age; however, it is often most common among children and is recommended before the start of elementary school. By six years of age, this operative procedure is safe and effective to be completed on a child. If you feel embarrassed by the shape and size of your ears because they are misshapen or protrude outward, otoplasty can be considered to attain a normal appearance. Sufferers of a torn, stretched, or damaged earlobe, you may also be a candidate for cosmetic ear surgery.

Surgical Technique

Ear reshaping surgery is performed using anesthesia, either general or IV sedation. Most often, the incision is placed around the back portion of the ear or within the inner folds. During this procedure, cartilage will be manipulated to create a new contour and natural-looking appearance. It's generally common for each ear to be addressed during the surgical procedure to make sure they appear symmetrical. After the procedure, the incisions are safely stitched together with sutures and wrapped so they are protected.

What to Expect

Once the procedure is finished and you are released to leave the hospital, you will heal and rest at home. Dr. Chang or a member of his team will send you home with instructions for recovery. It's very important to not rub, touch, or scratch the ears. Also, you should not lay on the ears, and instead sleep propped up for the first few days. Dr. Chang recommends seeing his otoplasty patients back within 3 – 5 days — at this time, Dr. Chang will take off the coverings and check you or your child's surgical results. The outcomes are visible right away and the progression of results will continue to improve as the ears heal.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does ear surgery cost?
Your cost for ear surgery will depend on what is being performed (ear shaping, pinning, earlobe repair, or a combination). Once Dr. Chang has listened to your concerns and goals, he can create your surgical plan and estimate costs. So you can focus on getting the results you need instead of costs, Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center 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. Chang will assess the ears of you or your child and then talk to you about realistic results and how long they should last. Even as the rest of the face and body changes due to age and gravity, the changes to the ear will 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 typically fully developed, the cartilage and tissues 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. Chang also performs ear surgery on adults.

Do I need to have both ears done or just one?
Many ear issues, including ears that are too large or stick out, are symmetrical so both ears will need to be corrected. The final shape that the surgery will aim for will depend on the initial structure of the ear and how cartilages are placed. 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. Chang 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 Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center. If you are interested in having earlobe repair or reconstruction, schedule a consultation with Dr. Chang. He will examine the damage and let you know what may be done to restore your earlobes.

Reshape Your Ears

While the ears are not very big, an unusual position, shape, or size may make a significant difference in your appearance. Otoplasty (ear surgery) may help your child avoid getting teased by classmates, or help you if you have always felt unhappy with your ears. Call Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA to schedule a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Chang and get more information about ear surgery. Our team looks forward to helping you achieve a look you will love as well as the confidence to show it off.

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