Dr. Rachel Walker of Dallas, TX, sees patients regularly who have imperfect ears and are considering plastic surgery options to resolve the issue. If you are interested in finding out more about ear reshaping surgery, continue reading our frequently asked questions below!
What is ear reshaping surgery?
Ear reshaping surgery, also referred to medically as otoplasty or ear pinning, is a procedure that alters the position, shape, or even overall size of the ears. This can be done for cosmetic reasons or to improve issues with functionality.
Who is a good candidate for ear reshaping surgery?
Good candidates for this type of surgery are typically at least five years old (as ears are not fully developed before then) and in overall good health. It’s important to have realistic expectations and understand the limitations and risks involved with any surgical procedure.
How long does the surgery take, and how long is the recovery time?
The actual surgery typically takes about two hours, but recovery time varies for each individual. You may experience some swelling and discomfort during the first few days but should be able to return to work or school within a week.
Are there any potential risks or side effects?
Like with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks, such as infection and bleeding. Your doctor will discuss these further with you before the surgery and provide proper instructions for post-operative care to minimize the chances of complications.
Is ear reshaping surgery covered by insurance?
Insurance plans vary, so it’s best to check with your provider beforehand. Oftentimes this procedure is considered cosmetic and may not be covered, but in cases where functionality is affected (e.g., protruding ears causing hearing issues), insurance may cover a portion of the cost.
Can ear reshaping surgery be done in combination with other procedures?
Yes, ear reshaping surgery can often be done with other facial procedures, such as a facelift or rhinoplasty. Your surgeon will discuss all options and potential outcomes with you during your consultation.
Who can I connect with to learn more about ear reshaping surgery?
If you are located in the area of Dallas, TX, you can call Dr. Rachel Walker and her team at the Plastic Surgery Center of Dallas to request a consultation appointment at 972-661-5077.