San Antonio men and women who visit Dr. Decherd for ear surgery (otoplasty) are tired of dealing with the embarrassment prominent ears can cause. For children, otoplasty surgery can end teasing and boost self-esteem. For adults, otoplasty is liberating — ending years of living with ears that stand out and draw attention away from other facial features. In people whose ears stick out, ear surgery can bring them closer to the head for a more balanced look. Otoplasty can also be performed to reshape ears that are deformed or overly large.
"First Class! I highly recommend Dr. Decherd and his staff! I was referred to Dr. Decherd by a friend who had a breast augmentation. She was very pleased with the results, I am three weeks out from a tummy tuck, breast lift, and liposuction, and I feel great. Everything went very smoothly. He was very upfront and informative about the procedure and I knew exactly what to expect. He and His staff are very 'down to earth' and I felt very comfortable. All of the ladies at the front desk are very nice and welcoming. His nurse is also top notch. She has been very helpful! I am so excited about my results! It looks great! He did an awesome job!"- T.S. / Google / Oct 16, 2015
"Loved, loved, loved the staff at Dr. Decherd! I shopped around with so many plastic surgeons for my first breast augmentation and so glad I chose him! He was great and made the whole process smooth and comfortable. Would definitely recommend him for any surgeries!"- M.R. / Yelp / Feb 09, 2021
"Loved, loved, loved the staff at Dr. Decherd! I shopped around with so many plastic surgeons for my first breast augmentation and so glad I chose him! He was great and made the whole process..."- M.R. / Yahoo / Feb 09, 2021
"5 stars just aren’t enough!!! I had a tummy tuck at the end of December, with significant muscle repair (I was separated 10 cm!!!) I just cannot express how much this surgery has changed my life! He is truly the most skilled doctor! My scar looks amazing, getting lighter every day. I can finally see the abs that I knew where in there, hiding behind all my c-section extra skin. His staff were amazing, all my questions were answered. Anna was in the OR, made me feel like I had friends looking out for me. Thank you thank you!!!"- M.W. / Yelp / Jan 29, 2021
"Dr.Decherd and his staff are phenomenal! From the very first consultation until my last follow up today (almost 4 months PO) every time I went to the office I was just so pleased with the service. Dr.Decherd truly did an AMAZING job on my tummy tuck. I would highly recommend him and his staff. If I ever had questions or needed to see him they would squeeze me right in. Thank you for everything and for giving me my confidence back!"- A.Z. / Google / Jan 26, 2021
The technique used during ear surgery will be determined based on what is being addressed. Some patients have too much ear cartilage while others do not have enough. In the case of protruding ears, excess soft tissue will be trimmed away, and the cartilage will be reformed and supported by splints. The incisions are usually made behind the ear and then sutured. In cases where the cartilage is underdeveloped, which can result in a “hidden ear” appearance, cartilage reshaping will also be involved, but sometimes, tissue grafting is necessary to render volume.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1-2 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
Otoplasty is recommended for children as young as age 5. This is the age just before a child enters elementary school, which can help eliminate teasing. It also ensures that the child is mature enough to handle the surgery both physically and emotionally.
Does It Hurt?
Ear surgery does take some time to recover from, especially for young children who may be prone to itch and touch their ears during the recovery phase. We will prescribe pain medication to help with any discomfort, as well as a post-operative-care treatment plan to help assist the healing phase.
How Fast Are Results?
After surgery, a compression dressing is placed over the ears, typically from the top to the bottom of the head. This is worn during the post-op recovery phase, and once removed, patients will see their results. Follow-up appointments will be staged with Dr. Decherd so that the healing process can be assessed and sutures removed in phases. This is to ensure that the ears will hold securely in their new position.
The ears typically mature faster than most other parts of the body. Therefore, once the ears are developed, when a surgical adjustment is made, the results will be lasting. Even as the body changes due to age and gravity, the changes to the ear will be minimal.
One Or Both Ears?
In some cases, misshaped ears will occur with both ears, therefore surgery targets both ears at the same time to ensure symmetry. If a deformity exists in just one ear, the procedure will be targeted to the one ear in question and the shape will be patterned after the normally formed ear.