Ear Surgery Overview
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
"Dr. Mentz and his staff are the best! I have been a patient of Dr. Mentz for about 15 years now and will continue to use his facility because there are many different services available. I am almost 71 years old and people always tell me that I look so much younger than my age. Thank you Dr. Mentz Janet L."- J.L. / Yelp / Feb 27, 2020
"I was a client of his 25 years ago when he did my nose and a bit of lipo. I have thoroughly enjoyed my nose after all these years. It was a tricky surgery, as I had broken it before in a riding accident. Now, 25 years later, I am going back to fix my breasts. I can't say enough good things about him; Many of my friends and clients went to have their surgeries with him after seeing my results and they had no problems."- L.W. / Yelp / Feb 03, 2020
"This Dr and staff are awesome. The offices and care are all first class."- M.N. / Facebook / Dec 21, 2019
"Dr Mentz is an incredibly talented and gracious doctor! With Wonderful bedside manner! He was able to work magic with a rhinoplasty revision from the previous botched nose job I had received from a doctor before him. My nose looks better than it ever has!! He also did a breast augmentation. Upsizing my 10 yr old implants from saline to silicone and a larger implant. And I finally have the breasts I always wanted!! And a testament to his generosity and commitment to perfection, originally I had a smaller implant chosen and after the original surgery was not happy with the size after all. Dr Mentz was kind enough to allow me to go back under the knife only a couple of days after the initial surgery and obtain the larger implants I desired...FREE OF CHARGE!! Only charging me for the price of the implants. His compassion and understanding made me feel like he really cares and his commitment to perfection rivals my own I am about to have a Brazilian butt lift done with him in a month or two and I am so excited!! Because I know what a talented doctor he is!! I would not entrust my body or face to another doctor EVER AGAIN! If your looking for your "happily ever after", look no further! Thank you again Dr Mentz!! For making me feel (and look) whole again!!"- C.B. / Yelp / Oct 03, 2019
Ear Surgery Surgical Technique
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.
Ear Surgery Recovery
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 persistent. 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.