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.
"I have been a patient of Dr. MENTZ for more than 15 years. He is an artist...very gifted. He is extremely kind and thoughtful. His staff is conscientious, diligent and very responsive. Choose Dr Mentz and you will be ecstatic with the quality and aesthetics. Also HIGHLY recommend Renee at the spa for fillers, Botox excetera. She is just the best."- L.F. / Yelp / Mar 01, 2017
"Dr. Mentz is incredibly talented. I was so comfortable with him and his vision for my "mommy makeover". He has such a calm and kind nature and he was exactly the surgeon I was looking for. "- N. / Demandforce / Feb 23, 2017
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"I had an amazing experience. Would do it again. - I was lucky to choose Dr. Mentz as my surgeon. I am 13 days out at this time so still early in the recovery process but I am very satisfied with my progress. I had the remainder of my sutures removed yesterday and am looking forward to the future with my new much improved face. Dr. Mentz and his "family" of caring staff are beyond what everyone should look for in a PS. I know I chose the best!! - - I was lucky to choose Dr. Mentz as my surgeon. I am 13 days out at this time so still early in the recovery process but I am very satisfied with my progress. I had the remainder of my sutures removed yesterday and am looking forward to the future with my new much improved face. Dr. Mentz and his "family" of caring staff are beyond what everyone should look for in a PS. I know I chose the best!!"- S. / RealSelf / Jan 26, 2017
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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@headingTag>
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.