About Cosmetic Ear Surgery
Ears that appear to protrude and stick out, are asymmetrical or misshapen, or look oversized can affect your self-esteem, especially during childhood. In addition, patients whose earlobes have become torn or stretched due to heavy earrings, gauging, or trauma may wish for a lasting solution. Ear surgery is a cosmetic procedure that helps to correct the shape, size, and position of the ears or the appearance of the earlobes to result in a more natural look. Dr. George Kouris, a board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon in Hinsdale, IL, has helped many men, women, and children to move past their anxiety of exposing their ears with this surgery. No matter the physical irregularity, otoplasty at Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery allows a patient to proudly show their face at any angle with confidence. If you or your child are worried about the size or shape of the ears, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kouris to learn more about ear recontouring surgery.
"I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Dr. Kouris and his team! From the moment I spoke with Suzy the receptionist to book my appointment, to consulting with Nurse Sheila and Dr. George about procedure options, I felt comfortable and confident about my decision to move forward with Dr. Kouris. Dr. Kouris took his time and answered all of my questions and concerns. Dr. Kouris is a highly skilled, dedicated and caring physician who strives to do exceptional work in a safe manner. I very much appreciate Dr. Kouris!"- C. / Healthgrades / Jan 13, 2020
"I will start by mentioning that Dr. Kouris is an excellent doctor all-around. He is compassionate, very knowledgeable, extremely polite, and has a wonderful team - Sheila and Suzy are the best!I have known Dr. Kouris since 2017. I had 3 procedures - Breast reduction, Tummy Tuck and brow lift. I am 54 years old looking like i am in my 40s. I love all 3 of my procedures but my brow lift is incredibly natural. No one realizes what I had done. I am receiving compliments about how young I look. Ultimately, I believe the doctor that makes you look younger and feel extremely confident in your own skin has a magic touch! I highly recommend him to anyone who is in the search of doing any plastic surgery. Give Dr. Kouris a shot, you will not be disappointed."- M.K. / Google / Dec 27, 2019
"I have never been so assured of a doctor's capabilities. Dr. Kouris is kind, patient, and dedicated. His knowledge and demeanor put me at ease right away. I will always be grateful that he is in my life."- A.G. / Google / Dec 23, 2019
"I recently had some elective surgery with Dr Kouris. He listened very carefully to my hopes and concerns, and we came up with a plan. I could not be more pleased with the results. I felt like I was in very capable hands with Dr Kouris, his nurse Sheila, and the whole office staff from start to finish. I will definitely recommend Dr Kouris to anyone searching for a qualified plastic surgeon."- M.S. / Google / Dec 20, 2019
"UPDATE: The clinic called me back and asked if I could come in for complementary Botox to make up for the previous problems. The appointment went well. I met with Dr. Kouris and let him know that he didn't have to completely comp the Botox but he insisted and profusely apologized. He is a nice man and he truly care about his patients and their time. Kudos to him for making things right:) I’ll start with saying that I hardly ever write a poor review. However, I am very disappointed with this clinic. I made an appointment over a month ago for the 12th of December and let the receptionist know that I would be coming in during my lunch break. She assured me that they would be able to see me in a timely manner. I was supposed to be receiving a consult for skincare as well as Botox. Eight days before my appointment, I was contacted by Dr. Kouris’ receptionist reminding me of my appointment on the 5th. I let her know that she was mistaken that my appointment was made for the 12th as my husband was out of town during the 5th and I would not have made an appointment for that day. She apologized and updated her schedule for the 12th. On the 9th I was once again contacted by the receptionist letting me know that the individual who would be assisting with the skincare consult would be out of the country on the 12th and would not be able to see me during my appointment and let me know that I would need to make another appointment to see her. I was a bit bothered by this given this was the second “mishap” with scheduling but she let me know that she would have the person give me a call the following day so I could at least speak with her. I thought it was a nice gesture, so I agreed. I was able speak with the individual but as expected, she ultimately said she would need to see me to make any definite suggestions. Well, today I showed up for my appointment at 12:00 and was given paperwork to complete. I let the receptionist know, once again, that I was on my lunch break and needed to be sure they were aware that I didn’t have much time. She let me know that she would remind the clinic team and not to worry, they would get me back in time. Well, 45 minutes later, I was still waiting to see someone from the clinic staff. I had to leave before seeing anyone. The receptionist said “Sorry, we had another patient JUST stall everything”. I told her that I was more bothered by the fact that nothing had been communicated to me than the fact that they were running behind. I was also bothered by the receptionist lack of concern that I had to leave before being seen. I would expect more than a simple “sorry”. The explanation was only given after I prompted for more information. A clinic that allows the receptionist to be the face of the organization should strive for a more sympathetic, organized, communicative, individual."- E.Z. / Google / Dec 20, 2019
Otoplasty can be performed at any age; however, it is common among children and is recommended prior to reaching elementary school. By six years of age, this operative procedure is safe and effective to be completed on a child. If you are self-conscious from the look and shape of your ears because they are misshapen or protrude outward, otoplasty can help attain a normal appearance. Sufferers of a torn or damaged earlobe may also be a candidate for cosmetic ear surgery.
Otoplasty is performed using general anesthesia or IV sedation. In many patients, the incision is placed behind the ear or within the inner ear. During this procedure, cartilage will be reshaped to create a smaller or larger appearance. It is common for each ear to be addressed during the surgical procedure to make sure they appear even. After this, the incisions are secured with sutures and carefully bandaged so they stay protected. Cosmetic earlobe repair is a simple process involving the strategic suturing of the torn or damaged earlobe.
What to Expect
When the procedure is over and you are released to leave the hospital, you will recover at home. Dr. Kouris or a member of his team will provide instructions for recovery. It's very important to not rub, touch, or scratch the ears. In addition, you should not lay on the ears and instead, sleep upright for a few days. Dr. Kouris typically likes to see his otoplasty patients back within a week — at this time, he will be able to remove the wrappings and assess you or your child's surgical results. The outcomes can be seen right away, and the progression of results will continue to improve as the ears heal.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does ear surgery cost?
The cost of ear surgery will be based on what's being done (ear pinning, shaping, earlobe repair, or a combination of these). Once Dr. Kouris understands your issues and wants, he will make your treatment plan and estimate expenses. In order to concentrate on getting the outcomes that you want rather than prices, Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery takes several payments and a member of our team will help you obtain low-interest medical financing.
Will the results of ear surgery last?
The ears typically grow faster compared to other areas of the body and face, which is the reason why ear surgery can be performed on younger patients with long-term outcomes. Dr. Kouris will assess the ears and then talk to you about what to expect and how long the outcomes should last. While the rest of the body and face can change dramatically from gravity and age, the impact on the ears should be minimal. In the event there are significant modifications to your ears because of an injury, another surgery may be done.
How old should my child be to consider otoplasty?
On average, kids about 5 – 6 years old are perfect candidates for ear surgery. Although the ear is generally fully grown, the tissue and cartilage are still malleable, which makes it easy to reshape. This age is also great because it's before they begin school or early in their schooling so that they can avoid being teased by classmates. Even though a lot of ear surgery patients are children, Dr. Kouris also performs otoplasty on adults.
Do I need to have both ears done or just one?
Many issues, such as ears that are too large or stick out, occur in both ears, which means both will need to be corrected. During ear surgery, Dr. Kouris will adjust both ears to make them as symmetrical as possible. However, if just one ear has to be altered, the shape and size will be adjusted to mirror the untreated ear. When he creates your surgical plan, Dr. Kouris will tell you if one or both ears need to be corrected.
What about fixing stretched or torn earlobes?
The trend of large earrings and ear gauges are making earlobe reconstruction a popular operation at Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. If you're considering getting earlobe surgery, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kouris. He will analyze your ear and then let you know what may be done in order to repair your earlobes.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,000 - $8,000
- Recovery Time
- 1 – 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 – 6 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Reshape Your Ears
Even though the ears are not very big, the wrong position, shape, or size may make a big difference in your appearance. Ear surgery may help your child avoid getting teased by classmates, or help you if you've always felt self-conscious about your ears. Call Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kouris for more information about surgical ear reshaping. Our team looks forward to helping you achieve a look you will love, as well as the confidence to show it off.