What is otoplasty (ear surgery)?

Otoplasty, or ear surgery, is performed to correct the look, shape, and projection of the ears. Every person is unique, and these surgeries are fully customized to match the aesthetic issues that can occur, including:

  • Protruding ears
  • Overly large ears
  • Congenital ear defects
  • Shell-shaped ears
  • Uneven ears
  • Larger earlobes

How is ear surgery performed?

In most otoplasties, the incision is made behind the ear which allows direct access to protruding, over developed conchal bowl cartilage, the cup-shaped part of the ear that plays an important role in ears that appear overly prominent. Correcting the over-developed or rotated protruding ear may involve scoring removal or reshaping cartilage to create or increase the antihelical fold (where a natural bend usually appears). When we speak of “pinning” ears, we essentially reduce the enlarged conchal cartilage (the largest and deepest concavity of the external ear) to allow the ear to sit more tightly to the head.

For more intricate development of missing ear features (superior to inferior crus, helix, ante- helix), incisions on the front of the ear might be indicated but we will try to hide them within normally occurring folds.

Why choose Austin Cosmetic Surgery for ear pinning?

Your ear reshaping surgery will be performed at our state-of-the-art, in-office surgical suite. When under the care of Dr. Cabret, you can expect the highest quality personal care, concierge-style service, and extensive, focused follow-up care. She brings over 20 years of experience in private practice as a cosmetic surgeon and is highly skilled in custom ear surgeries.

“Beauty and Wellness Perfected”

Dr. Michelle Cabret takes a holistic approach to aesthetic surgery, believing that beauty and wellness go hand in hand. When you feel confident in your look, you glow with confidence. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your ears, it impacts your quality of life. Imagine wearing your hair pulled back with confidence, and never again worrying about the appearance of your ears!

She will work closely with you to create a change that brings you greater confidence in all the years ahead. She has recently been listed as being one of the Top 10 Cosmetic Surgeons in Austin and brings an impressive level of skill to every ear surgery, performing these treatments with precision and ultimate care.

For Dr. Michelle it is not so much about the procedure itself, but the people that we have met along the way and seeing them delighted with their results! After living with protruding or misshapen ears, and trying to hide them from view, our patients tell us this surgery is life-changing, in the best possible way.

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Recovery after ear surgery

With a long history of operating on everybody from babies to mature adults, Dr. Michelle Cabret is excellent in the process of sitting down with the child, parent, or adult patient and explaining the procedure, along with the postoperative protocol that might involve having the head wrapped for a number of days and sleeping with headband compression for up to weeks postoperatively. Our patients consistently describe otoplasty/ear pinning/ear shaping as an easy, immediate gratification surgery that they easily tolerated and recovered from. Otoplasty results are lifelong with only a very small percentage of still growing children that might need a small revision should any uneven growth occur later.

Schedule a consultation with a wellness specialist

Our helpful staff can answer your questions and schedule a consultation with one of our wellness specialists. We proudly serve the communities of Austin, Lakeway, Bee Cave, Barton Creek, and Spicewood. Dr. Cabret is also honored to serve patients in and beyond Scottsdale, AZ.

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