Is ear surgery right for you?
Ear surgery is a very popular procedure for patients of all ages – including children and adults. That’s because no matter how old or young you are, overly large ears can cause extreme emotional and psychological distress.
With that said, ear surgery may be the ideal solution if:
- You are self-conscious about your ears.
- Your ears lack natural creases and curves.
- Your ears are asymmetrical, protruding or oddly shaped.
- You were born with severe ear defects.
- Your child’s ears make them a target for bullies.
Large, protruding and oddly shaped ears are more than a simple cosmetic imperfection. They can severely detract from your quality of life, causing you to feel embarrassed about your appearance. When this occurs, ear surgery with Dr. Sukkar can sculpt smaller and more discreet ears, providing you with a renewed sense of self-confidence.
An overview of
Ear surgery can do more than restore a more attractive cosmetic appearance. It can dramatically improve your quality of life by:
- Addressing virtually any cosmetic imperfection relating to the ears.
- Preventing children from being bullied because of their appearance.
- Delivering relief from emotional and psychological distress.
- Enhancing your overall feelings of confidence and self-esteem.
In addition, ear surgery is a very safe and practically risk-free procedure that is associated with very minimal downtime and scarring.
An overview of ear surgery
Your ear surgery will begin with Dr. Sukkar administering anesthesia – local anesthesia for adults and general anesthesia for young children. From there, he will make an incision behind each ear. Through that opening, he will artistically reshape the cartilage to create a more attractive structure, ensuring a balanced and symmetrical final look. If your ears are overly large, he may even remove unwanted cartilage and skin, creating smaller and more discreet ears. If you have protruding ears, he will also reposition them so they rest closer to your head, before closing the incisions with sutures. He will then wrap gauze around your head to protect your ears and promote healing, before sending you home to begin the recovery process.
After your Houston ear surgery is complete, you should expect to stay home from work and school for at least five days to give your body an optimal chance to heal. During that time, you will likely experience some pain and discomfort in the area, though it will be manageable with medication prescribed by Dr. Sukkar. You’ll need to wear your gauze dressing for the first week, at which point you can replace it with a soft headband that holds your ears in their proper position and ensures they retain their new shape.
Throughout the recovery period, you’ll need to avoid rigorous activities, extreme heat, sleeping on your side and washing your hair with shampoo. In addition, you should try to keep your head elevated at all times, even during sleep, to ensure an optimal healing process. Most of our patients are able to resume their normal daily routines within one week, with a full return to all activity within three weeks. With that said, Dr. Sukkar will provide you with personalized guidance during your post-operative appointments.
If you’re ready explore ear surgery for you or your child, we invite you to schedule a consultation at The Clinic for Plastic Surgery today. During your private meeting in our Houston office, we will carefully assess the cosmetic imperfections you’d most like to address, before creating a custom treatment plan designed to sculpt the exquisite appearance you deserve.