Ear surgery is most commonly performed for both children and adults to correct the appearance of protruding ears. Children, in particular, often benefit from this surgery in order to prevent the emotional difficulty that is often experienced as a result of being teased about their ears. At his Houston office, triple board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Henry Mentz performs ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, to restore the balance and proportion of the ears to the rest of the face. This may include reshaping the ears, pinning the ears back, altering the position of one of both ears, and repairing earlobes.
"Dr. Mentz is nothing short of a magician. I went to him for an abdominoplasty in November of 2015 and his work has been life changing. His "bedside manner" is equal to his skill. I did not, for one moment, feel spoken down to or intimidated by his brilliance. He was kind, professional and has a great sense of humor. This man is an artist."- J.R. / Facebook / Aug 16, 2017
"I had my face lift almost 5 years ago and I'm still so happy with the results.Dr.Mentz and his staff are the best. ."- P.L. / Facebook / Nov 03, 2017
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"Dr. Mentz is nothing short of a magician. I went to him for an abdominoplasty in November of 2015 and his work has been life changing."- J.R. / Facebook / Aug 16, 2017
The technique used during ear surgery will depend on the age of the patient and their concern. In younger patients, the cartilage is usually soft enough that it can be reshaped using splints. In adults, the cartilage is harder and Dr. Mentz will have to remove and/or reposition the ear cartilage through a small incision. The details of ear pinning, earlobe repair, and other ear surgeries will be thoroughly discussed during the patient’s consultation.
Depending on the type of ear surgery performed, Dr. Mentz will go over specific aftercare instructions and recommendations both before the surgery and before the patient is discharged. Parents will need to watch young children after their surgery to prevent them from scratching or tearing their stitches.
Multiple procedures will reduce the costs for anesthesia and facility time. Please be aware that the prices listed below are for an estimate of fees only and that you will need a consultation to confirm any pricing.
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- Average Cost
- $2,000 - $5,000
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
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Ear Surgery FAQs
For the most part, the results from ear surgery will be permanent. In some cases, a trauma or accident may alter the shape or proportion of the ears after the surgery, but this can usually be corrected with a second surgery.
Dr. Mentz can perform earlobe repair with ear surgery or separately to mend torn, stretched, or low earlobes. Dr. Mentz will discuss options for repair after a physical exam during the initial consultation with the patient.
Ear surgery is best for anyone whose ears have reached full size, which is usually around age 5-6. Most patients for ear surgery are children who want to avoid teasing before they start school, but ear surgery can be performed on patients of any age.