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Embrace a More Balanced Appearance With Otoplasty

Otoplasty (ear surgery) reshapes the ears to enhance their appearance and correct various ear-related issues. Whether it’s addressing prominent ears, pointed ear tips, or other concerns, Dr. Saxon offers otoplasty to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
Otoplasty (ear surgery) reshapes the ears to enhance their appearance and correct various ear-related issues. Whether it’s addressing prominent ears, pointed ear tips, or other concerns, Dr. Saxon offers otoplasty to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

Improve the Shape & Positioning of Your Ears

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Ear surgery (otoplasty) is a surgical procedure designed to alter the shape and appearance of the ears. This elective cosmetic surgery is commonly sought for various reasons, including correcting prominent ears that stick out excessively, reshaping pointed ear tips, addressing scarring, or reconstructing ears in congenital deformities like microtia. Otoplasty can significantly enhance the aesthetics of the ears, ultimately boosting the patient’s self-esteem.

Before & After

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Otoplasty Approach

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Dr. Saxon performs otoplasty in her office or an operating room, depending on the complexity of the case. She makes a discreet incision behind your ear, providing access to the underlying cartilage. She expertly recreates the desired ear shape, paying close attention to symmetry. The key lies in redefining the anti-helix fold using permanent stitches, which train the cartilage to maintain its new form. Once the cartilage takes the correct shape, Dr. Saxon carefully closes the incision behind your ear with dissolving stitches.

The Recovery Process

After otoplasty with Dr. Saxon, you can expect some tenderness. You must wear a soft bandage around your ears for approximately a week to protect them from inadvertent bumps. Additionally, Dr. Saxon may recommend a headband or compression device to help maintain the newly sculpted ear shape during the initial healing weeks. During the early stages of recovery, you should plan for some downtime and avoid strenuous activities that could strain your ears. While side effects like tenderness and mild discomfort are common, these typically subside gradually. Non-dissolvable stitches are removed after about a week, and you’ll need to continue wearing the headband for a few weeks, as instructed.
Following Dr. Saxon’s aftercare guidelines will help you recover comfortably:

Otoplasty FAQs

What is the primary reason people undergo otoplasty?
The most common reason individuals seek otoplasty is to correct prominent ears, a condition where the ears stick out too far from the head.
No, otoplasty can be performed on children as well, typically after the age of five when ear development is nearly complete.
When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Saxon, otoplasty is generally considered safe. As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks, such as hematoma or infection, but these are relatively rare and can be managed with proper care.
Otoplasty usually takes two hours to complete. However, the exact duration may vary depending on the complexity of the case and whether it’s performed in an office or an operating room.
Otoplasty is typically performed under local anesthesia for adults and under general anesthesia for children. The choice will be discussed during your consultation.
Yes, the results of otoplasty are generally permanent. The reshaped ear cartilage is designed to maintain its new shape over time, and once healed, your ears should retain their appearance.
You may need to avoid wearing earrings for a period following otoplasty to prevent any pressure or irritation to the healing ear. Dr. Saxon will discuss when it’s safe to resume wearing earrings.


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Why Choose Saxon MD?

Dr. Sarah Saxon is a double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Austin and Dallas, Texas. Her patients come from all over the country to enjoy her artistic surgical experience for natural and beautiful results. She has over a decade of rigorous training in facial plastic surgery, including one-on-one training in Japan with Dr. Satoru Nagata, a world expert in microtia surgery. While there, she learned the nuances of ear surgery and fine-tuned her skills in creating a natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing ear. She has the skills, expertise, and instincts to ensure natural results with minimal downtime. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Saxon to confidently embark on your aesthetic journey.

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