Ear Surgery Southlake
Individuals with ears that appear to stick out are often the butt of teasing or ridicule, especially children. For these patients and others concerned about the appearance of their ears, Dr. Robert Bledsoe, a highly trained Grapevine / Southlake plastic surgeon, performs otoplasty, or ear surgery. With this procedure, Dr. Bledsoe can correct overly protrusive ears as well as repair ear deformities as a result of birth defects or traumatic injury. By performing otoplasty, Dr. Bledsoe can help bring balance and symmetry to the face — especially when the procedure is combined with other face plastic surgery treatments such as face lift, rhinoplasty or brow lift.
The types of conditions that can be corrected with otoplasty include:
- Protruding ears (ears with too much cartilage)
- Cupped ear, or shell ear (very tiny ears or ears with no natural crease)
- Missing the whole ear or part of the ear
- Deformed earlobes
Who Are the Best Candidates for Ear Surgery with Dr. Bledsoe?
Most otoplasty procedures are performed on children and young teens. Children who are experiencing emotional distress due to teasing and ridicule about their excessively large, protuberant ears are often considered good candidates for the procedure. Dr. Bledsoe performs the procedure on children over the age of six, when the ears are fully developed. Correcting the ears when children are young is beneficial because the cartilage is more pliable and easier to shape and because such children will forgo years of potentially traumatizing teasing if the procedure is done early.
The Otoplasty Procedure as Performed by Dr. Bledsoe
Dr. Bledsoe typically performs otoplasty on an outpatient basis at a local surgery facility or hospital facility. Younger children are usually provided with general anesthesia, whereas older children and adults are given a local anesthesia with sedation. The procedure takes about two hours.
For most “ear pinning” procedures — that is, surgeries to reduce the extent of ear protrusion — Dr. Bledsoe makes incisions on the back of each ear. Next, he either sculpts the cartilage or folds it back, depending on the needs of the patient. Either way, the cartilage is moved closer to the head and secured in place with non-removable sutures. The incisions are then closed with dissolvable or removable stitches.
Recovery from Ear Surgery in Southlake / Grapevine
Following surgery, the patient’s head is wrapped in a thick bandage in order to help keep the ears in their new position and to aid healing. After a few days, the thick bandage will be replaced with a lighter one. Patients may experience discomfort, headaches, numbness and swelling, all of which can be controlled with medications and by carefully following the post-surgery instructions provided by Dr. Bledsoe.
Adults who undergo otoplasty should be able to return to their normal activities within a few days. Children can typically return to their regular activities after several days but should be carefully monitored to make sure they avoid rough playing for a few weeks.
Dr. Bledsoe, a highly regarded Southlake / Grapevine otoplasty surgeon, saves many children and adults alike from years of embarrassment and, often, emotionally painful ridicule. Ear surgery performed by Dr. Bledsoe can bring harmony and balance to the face, often greatly enhancing facial beauty and boosting patient’s self-confidence.
In addition to otoplasty, Dr. Bledsoe offers a wide range of facial plastic surgery procedures, including facelift, rhinoplasty brow lift and lip augmentation. He is an especially talented Grapevine eyelid surgery provider and is known for achieving stunning results for his brow lift Southlake patients.