About Cosmetic Ear Surgery
The hole of a pierced ear can become stretched, elongated, or split as a result of wearing large, hanging earrings or accidents involving the tearing of the earlobe. Houston, TX fellowship-trained and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Derek Lou often performs earlobe surgery procedures to repair damaged skin on the earlobe from his private practice Lou Plastic Surgery. The procedure is a simple, office-based procedure that will be done under local anesthesia. Treatment will normally take approximately 30 minutes. A week later, sutures are removed, and re-piercing can be done in 6 – 8 weeks. Patients will be left with natural-looking earlobes following surgery.
"Dr. Lou was great! He completely put me at ease. I had something done that I thought would be more complicated. He explained the procedure and said it could be done in his office in a 30 minute time span. So easy! Now I regret waiting so long."- A. / Healthgrades / Jan 10, 2019
"Dr. Lou and Erica are simply amazing! Dr. Lou is not only a very talented surgeon he is a very patient, nice, and comforting Dr. Him and Erica never made me feel rushed or like I was asking too many questions and made me feel completely comfortable, I love them and am forever grateful to them for changing my life. Allie has been wonderful with post op treatments as well, could not ask for a better team than Lou Plastic Surgery!"- S.H. / Google / Oct 16, 2019
"Dr. Lou and his team are absolutely phenomenal and were God sent. I'd previously considered another surgeon for my procedure but didn't feel quite comfortable with him. So, I searched my insurance portal, and found Dr. Lou. I respect how he believes in knowing exactly what he's going into before a surgical procedure. Therefore, I was scheduled to have several CAT scans done before cutting into the unknown. He was very attentive during my healing process, and even came to my aid on Christmas day to check on me. His right hand person/office manager, Erica is more kind than I can express! She assured me that everything would go as planned, and ALWAYS greeted me with a smile....she even took out time to listen to me speak about my past moments of depression due to my displeasure with my body. What more can I say? Dr. Lou is an absolutely AMAZING and extremely CARING surgeon!! I'd choose this practice all over again if need be."- C.Y. / Google / Oct 12, 2019
"I saw Dr. Lou for a second opinion after an incident involving my thumb. There's a long story behind how the injury got so bad, but finding Dr. Lou was the best thing that ever happened to me. I only wish I had known him at the onset of this ordeal. The day before I met Dr. Lou, another doctor (at a clinic) was trying to convince me to go into emergency surgery to open my thumb up for what they said was infected very badly. Turns out, there was no infection at all, which was exactly what Dr. Lou confirmed before the results even came back. Dr. Lou is the best in my opinion. A doctor has to be able to listen (and there was a lot of background to give him), have compassion for the patient (which I was totally convinced he cared about me, what I was going through and my fears) and still provide the best solution for the problem. He had to clean up (cut) my thumb pretty good (and by good - it wasn't pretty, but I felt nothing b/c I was numb), but I immediately started the down road to recovery which no other doctor (I had seen 3 already) could get me to. It's because of Dr. Lou and his staff that I write this long review. I haven't experienced anything this traumatic in my adult life! Some people would say "it's just a thumb"...but you don't realize how much you need a thumb until it's almost gone! I'm almost 100% healed and Dr. Lou and his nurses have guided me every step of the way. They make you feel like family and you just don't get better than that these days! Thank you for everything Dr. Lou, Erika and Allie!"- K.M. / Google / Oct 11, 2019
"I wanted to write a review to thank Erika for helping me arranged my appointment with Dr. Lou to get some injections done. She helped me iron out some questions I had about the injectable products. I've been going to Dr. Lou for over a year now and his work is superior and he really provides excellent patient care. I definitely recommend Dr. Lou for all cosmetic needs whether it's small or large. Remember to ask for Erika when you call to book your appointment."- A.H. / Yelp / Oct 03, 2019
The best candidates for earlobe reconstruction surgery:
- Have prominent, sticking out, misaligned, misshapen, or disproportionate ears
- Children as young as 5 or 6 to correct ear abnormalities
- Have anxiety about the look of their ears
- Desire a long-term solution
- Desire a natural look
Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure that normally requires only local anesthesia. Small incisions will be made around the ears to allow Dr. Lou better access to the cartilage. Cartilage can then be manipulated through removal, reshaping, and reforming to repair the ears for an improved, symmetrical look. Excess skin from the ear can also be removed if needed. Ear surgery is commonly used to pin back protruding ears, repair earlobes, reshape and resize ears, and more to provide natural-looking results. The length of the surgery depends on the technique and the condition of the patient's ears.
What to Expect
Following ear surgery, the ears will be dressed to provide protection. The dressing will remain in place for around five days for children and two days for adults. There's little pain or discomfort associated with otoplasty, but patients should expect to experience tenderness and swelling. It's crucial that pediatric patients not touch or bother their ears while they are healing. Results are long-standing and should provide years of positive benefits for patients.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does ear surgery cost?
The popularity of oversized earrings and ear gauges have made earlobe repair a popular surgery at our office. If you are interested in having earlobe repair, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lou. He will examine the damage and discuss what could be done to reshape your earlobes. Once Dr. Lou has listened to your concerns and goals, he can create your surgical plan and estimate costs. In order for you to focus on getting the results you need instead of costs, we accept many payment methods for your convenience.
My child had an ear trauma. Can my child have surgery to fix the appearance of the ear?
Normally, children about 5 – 6 years of age are ideal candidates for ear surgery because the ears are generally developed by this age. However, the cartilage and tissue will still be soft, making it easier to shape. This age is also appropriate since it is right before the start of school or early in their education so they can avoid teasing.
Will the results of ear surgery last?
Usually, the ears mature faster than other parts of the face and body, which is why this type of treatment can be carried out on younger patients with long-lasting results. Dr. Lou will evaluate the ears and then discuss realistic expectations as to how long the results should last. Even as the face and body can change due to age and gravity, the effects on the ears will probably be minimal. If there are dramatic changes to the ears due to an additional injury, a second otoplasty might be performed.
Do I need to have both ears done or just one?
Most disfigurements, including earlobes that are too big, occur in both ears so both will need to be addressed. During the surgery, Dr. Lou will shape both earlobes so they are as equal as possible. However, if only one ear needs to be changed, the size and shape will be altered to match the other ear. When he develops your treatment plan, Dr. Lou will let you know whether or not one or both ears will be addressed.
Reshape Your Ears
Even though the ears are not a large feature, a stretched out earlobe may make a big difference in your appearance. Ear surgery may help if you feel self-conscious about your ears. Call Lou Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lou and get more information about surgical earlobe repair. Our team looks forward to helping you achieve a look you will love, as well as the confidence to show it off.