About Cosmetic Ear Surgery
Ears that protrude and stick out, are misshapen and uneven, or look oversized can affect your self-confidence, especially during childhood. Ear surgery is a cosmetic treatment that helps to correct the shape, size, and position of the ears to create a natural look. Dr. Richard Bensimon is a plastic surgeon in Portland, OR who has assisted countless men and women to overcome their anxiety of showing their ears with this surgery. Regardless of the physical irregularity, ear surgery at The Bensimon Center allows an individual to show their face from any angle with confidence. If you or your child are concerned about the size or shape of their ears, schedule a consultation with Dr. Bensimon to learn more about cosmetic ear surgery.
"I have been getting treatments at Dr. Bensimon's office for years, fillers, botox, microderm abrasion and skin tightening treatments for my face. I cannot speak highly enough about how amazing my experience has been each and every time. My skin looks amazing, I look younger and feel great! My results are very natural (which was very important to me). Andrea, Dr. Bensimon, Christopher and everyone in the office are genuine and I can tell they really care about me and their patients and making sure that all my concerns are addressed at each and every appointment. My daughter also had body contouring with Dr. Bensimon and she is ecstatic about her results as well!! If you are looking for somewhere to get fillers, facial treatment and body contouring this is the number one place ! Thank you to everyone at the Benismon center. Sincerely, a loyal patient for life, Badri"- S.F. / Google / Dec 03, 2018
"Fillers and facial treatments - I have been getting treatments at Dr. Bensimon's office for years, fillers, botox, microderm abrasion and skin tightening treatments for my face. I cannot speak highly enough about how amazing my experience has been each and every time. My skin looks amazing, I look younger and feel great! My results are very natural (which was very important to me). Andrea, Dr. Bensimon, Christopher and..."- B.Z. / RealSelf / Nov 24, 2018
"Tummy tuck - I am 59 yrs old, 5’1” gal who 10 years ago weighed in at 200+ pounds. I am far more fit and strong now than I’ve ever been but my body shape has suffered. I’ve carried a large lower abdominal roll since puberty and with weight loss (down and held at 165#) and age, it began to drop. Add in post-menopausal spare tire and you have a good idea of my profile. In my opinion, even if I lost an..."- G. / RealSelf / Nov 17, 2018
"Chemical Peel - If you wake up every morning hating your skin,Self councious,Dreading going out in public, we’ll that was me!I have a real solution. I am beyond amazed!!I am beyond thrilled!!I am so so so beyond happy I did this. It is the best thing I ever did. The results are remarkable. A real solution to getting rid of wrinkles and loving you’re face again. Thank you dr Bensimon, I really can..."- V. / RealSelf / Nov 02, 2018
"I can't believe I didn't post this months ago! Amanda Squiers is an injectable genius! Her injections are virtually painless. She's the only person I would trust with my face. I recommend her to all of my clients and she never disappoints. She's the best!"- L.B. / Yelp / Oct 30, 2018
Otoplasty can be done on patients of all ages; however, it is common among young children and is suggested prior to reaching elementary school. By age six, this surgery is safe to be performed on a child. If you are self-conscious from the look and shape of your ears because they stick out or are too large, otoplasty can help attain a natural-looking appearance. If you suffer from a torn or damaged earlobe, you are also a candidate for otoplasty.
Otoplasty is completed using general anesthesia or IV sedation. In many patients, the incision is made behind the ear or inside the inner ear. During surgery, cartilage will be reshaped to create a smaller or larger appearance. It is common for both ears to be altered during otoplasty to attain a symmetrical appearance. After this, the incisions are secured with sutures and carefully bandaged so they stay safeguarded for healing.
What to Expect
When the procedure is over and it is safe to leave the outpatient surgery center, you will recover at home. Dr. Bensimon or a member of his team will provide recovery instructions. It is important to not touch, pick at, or scratch the ears. In addition, you or your child should avoid lying on the ears and instead, sleep upright for a few days. Dr. Bensimon typically likes to see his ear surgery patients back within a week — during this time, Dr. Bensimon will be able to remove the wrappings and assess you or your child's ears. Natural-looking ears can be seen almost immediately and the results will continue to look better as the ears heal.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does ear surgery cost?
The cost of ear surgery will depend on what is being performed (ear shaping, pinning, earlobe repair, or a combination). Once Dr. Bensimon 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, The Bensimon Center accepts many payment methods and we can help you find low-interest medical financing.
Will the results of ear surgery last?
The ears typically mature faster than other parts of the face and body, which is why an otoplasty can be performed on younger patients with long-lasting results. Dr. Bensimon will assess the ears and then talk to you about realistic expectations and how long the results should last. Even as the rest of the face and body can change due to age and gravity, the effect on the ears should be minimal. If there are dramatic changes to the ears due to an injury, a second otoplasty may be performed.
How old should my child be to consider otoplasty?
On average, children about 5 – 6 years of age are ideal candidates for otoplasty. While the ears are usually fully developed, the cartilage and tissue will still be soft, making it easy to reshape. This age is also good because it is before they start school or early in their education so they can avoid being teased by classmates. Although many otoplasty patients are children, Dr. Bensimon also performs ear surgery on adults.
Do I need to have both ears done or just one?
Many issues, including ears that are too large or stick out, occur in both ears so both will need to be corrected. During the surgery, Dr. Bensimon will shape both ears 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. Bensimon will let you know whether one or both ears will be addressed.
What about fixing stretched or torn earlobes?
The popularity of large earrings and ear gauges have made earlobe repair a popular surgery at The Bensimon Center. If you are interested in having earlobe reconstruction, schedule a consultation with Dr. Bensimon. He will examine the damage and let you know what may be done to restore your earlobes.
Reshape Your Ears
Even though the ears are small, the wrong shape, position, or size can make a big difference in your appearance. Ear surgery can help your child avoid teasing at school, or help you if you've always felt self-conscious about your ears. Contact The Bensimon Center in Portland, OR to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bensimon and learn more about cosmetic ear surgery. We look forward to helping you attain a look you can be proud of and the confidence to flaunt it.