Have You Wanted to Feel Better About Your Ears?

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, facial plastic surgeon, and ear, nose, and throat specialist, Dr. Shah has vast experience and knowledge of facial plastic surgery. He is known for achieving refined, sophisticated results. Ear surgery is a cosmetic surgery performed on the part of your ear that people see (known as an auricle). This ear structure consists of folds of cartilage covered with skin.

During an otoplasty, Dr. Shah can correct the position, size, or shape of your ears by adjusting the auricle. It is an external procedure on your ears, so it does not impact your hearing. However, our ear surgery patients tell us this surgery has significantly improved their self-esteem.

What Can an Ear Surgery Do for Me?

Dr. Shah is an expert, compassionate surgeon, respected and trusted for his skills and personalized care. When you visit our offices, you and Dr. Shah will first meet to ensure that together you are aligned on your aesthetic goals for your ears. There are different types of ear surgery, although most focus on re-shaping the ears to beautifully frame the face. The types of ear surgeries include:

  • Ear pinning: Bringing your ears parallel to your head
  • Ear augmentation: Increasing ear size after trauma or due to a congenital defect
  • Ear reduction: Reducing the size of your ears or earlobes

What Are The Benefits of Ear Surgery?

Improved Hearing: Ear surgery can address issues such as ear canal obstructions, eardrum perforations, or middle ear problems, leading to enhanced hearing capabilities.
Corrective Aesthetics: Cosmetic ear surgery, or otoplasty, can reshape and reposition ears to achieve a more desirable appearance, boosting self-confidence and reducing self-consciousness.
Enhanced Comfort: Surgical interventions can alleviate discomfort associated with conditions like chronic ear infections, earaches, or pressure imbalances, contributing to a better quality of life.

Increased Functionality: Repairing structural abnormalities within the ear can enhance overall ear function, allowing individuals to better perceive sounds and maintain equilibrium.
Prevention of Recurrent Issues: Ear surgery can address underlying problems, reducing the likelihood of recurring infections, chronic conditions, or complications.
Emotional Well-being: Aesthetic improvements resulting from ear surgery can positively impact self-esteem, emotional well-being, and social interactions.
Customized Solutions: Ear surgery can be tailored to each individual's specific needs, providing personalized solutions for a range of ear-related concerns.

Who is a Candidate for Ear Surgery? 

Candidates for ear surgery, or otoplasty, vary based on specific needs and concerns related to ear aesthetics or functionality.

  • Aesthetic Concerns: Individuals dissatisfied with the appearance of their ears, whether due to protrusion, asymmetry, or other cosmetic issues, may be suitable candidates for cosmetic ear surgery (otoplasty).
  • Functional Issues: Those experiencing hearing problems, chronic ear infections, or structural abnormalities affecting ear function may benefit from surgical interventions to address these concerns.
  • Congenital Conditions: Individuals born with congenital ear deformities or abnormalities, such as microtia or anotia, may be candidates for reconstructive ear surgery to improve both form and function.
  • Traumatic Injuries: Patients who have suffered trauma or injuries to the ear, resulting in deformities or functional impairment, may require surgical correction to restore normalcy.
  • Good General Health: Candidates for ear surgery should be in good overall health to ensure a safe surgical experience and efficient recovery.
  • Realistic Expectations: Those considering ear surgery should have realistic expectations about the outcomes and be committed to following postoperative care instructions for optimal results.

What is Involved in an Ear Surgery?

Like all procedures at Shah Plastic Surgery, you can expect a superior patient experience, personalized care, and world-class results. Your ear surgery in Springfield, MO by Dr. Shah may take 1 to 3 hours and will be performed in our private, luxury offices. Dr. Shah will give you local anesthesia and a sedative.

He will make a small, almost invisible incision on the inside folds of your ear or behind your ear. He will then manipulate the tissue of your ear to create the most attractive, balanced look. Then he will close the incision with tiny stitches and wrap your head with a temporary bandage to protect your ears.

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What Are The Expected Results and Recovery After Ear Surgery

After undergoing ear surgery, patients typically experience a period of recovery and gradually witness positive results. The immediate postoperative phase may involve some discomfort, swelling, and possible drainage, but these symptoms are generally temporary. Patients are advised to follow their surgeon's instructions diligently, which may include taking prescribed medications, avoiding certain activities, and keeping the surgical site clean.

As the days and weeks progress, individuals often notice a significant improvement in their ear function and appearance. The success of the surgery depends on various factors, such as the type of procedure performed and the individual's overall health. Patience and adherence to the recommended recovery guidelines are crucial for optimal results. Regular follow-up appointments with the surgeon help monitor progress and address any concerns, ensuring a smooth and successful recovery from ear surgery.

Ear Surgery for Children

Ear surgery is one of the few cosmetic surgeries that can be performed on young children. Dr. Shah is a warm, caring professional that children (and adults) trust. He is double board-certified and the leading plastic surgeon in the area. If your child has ears that protrude or have an unusual shape, you can trust that he or she will be safe when under the care of an exceptional plastic surgeon.

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Should I Take Off Time From Work or School?

You can generally return to your usual schedule within a few days of your ear surgery. It is normal to experience some tenderness for several weeks after your procedure, but oral pain medications are usually all that is needed for comfort. Avoid any actions that could put pressure or impact your ears during healing. You should sleep on your back with your head elevated. After the first week, Dr. Shah will replace your bandages with a soft headband. You will begin to see results from your ear surgery immediately, with the swelling fully resolved within about 2 to 3 months.

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Schedule An Ear Surgery at Shah Plastic Surgery

At Shah Plastic Surgery, Dr. Bharat Shah employs the most advanced surgical techniques to provide superior results, with minimal downtime. We pride ourselves on supporting your journey with world-class patient care, discretion, privacy, and advanced patient safety protocols. Whether you want to adjust the shape, projection, or correct an abnormality, Dr. Shah and Shah Plastic Surgery is an acclaimed Springfield plastic surgeon who cares about his patients and their comfort, and ensures they enjoy the most attractive results.

Ear Surgery FAQs:

Will ear surgery affect my hearing?

Are there non-surgical alternatives to correct ear appearance?

Can children undergo ear surgery?

How long do the results of ear surgery last?

Will ear surgery affect my hearing?

Ear surgery is primarily focused on the external structure of the ear, and its impact on hearing is minimal. In fact, for individuals with hearing issues due to structural abnormalities, surgery can often improve overall hearing.

Are there non-surgical alternatives to correct ear appearance?

In some cases, non-surgical options such as ear molding for infants with congenital deformities or the use of certain devices to camouflage prominent ears may be considered. However, their effectiveness varies.

Can children undergo ear surgery?

Yes, ear surgery is often performed on children, especially for conditions like prominent ears. However, it is generally recommended that the child is old enough to communicate their feelings about the procedure and follow postoperative care instructions.

How long do the results of ear surgery last?

The results of ear surgery are typically long-lasting. Once the ears have healed, the changes made during surgery are considered permanent, providing enduring improvements in both appearance and function.

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