Ear Surgery for Improved Balance and Proportion
Dr. Louis G. Mes, board-certified plastic surgeon, is the area’s recognized expert in ear surgery whom residents in Lafayette, Lake Charles, and the surrounding communities trust for their aesthetic surgery needs.
When you think about the appearance of your face, you might overlook the effect that your ears have on the balance of your facial features. If your ears are oversized or positioned awkwardly, they may detract from the beauty of your facial features. For children, ears that stick out or seem too large can cause other children to tease or bully them. Both children and adults may be embarrassed by the appearance of their ears, which can affect their self-esteem and confidence.
Ear surgery, referred to by doctors as otoplasty, provides a way to bring the ears into proportion and balance with other facial features. This rather simple surgery, which is suitable for both children and adults, is usually done as an outpatient procedure, which takes only a few hours. The recovery time is relatively short, and the results are visible once the bandages and dressings are removed.
Who Is a Candidate for Ear Surgery?
Your child may be a candidate for ear surgery if he or she has the following characteristics:
- He or she is over five years of age
- He or she follows directions and communicates well
- He or she does not have serious health problems or chronic ear infections
- The shape, size, or location of your child's ears are bothersome
You may be a candidate for ear surgery if you have the following characteristics:
- You are dissatisfied with the size, shape, or position of your ears
- You do not smoke or plan to quit prior to the procedure
- You have realistic goals and expectations
- You do not have a serious health problem
The only way to find out definitively if ear surgery is the best option for you or your child is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mes by calling 337-504-4336. Plan on spending 1½ to 2 hours with Dr. Mes to review your medical history, your current health status, the medications and supplements that you take on a regular basis, and your goals for treatment. After completing his evaluation, Dr. Mes will discuss with you the benefits of ear surgery and if it is a good option for you or your child.
What Is Involved in Ear Surgery?
Before Your Surgery
If you currently smoke, you will need to stop several weeks before your surgery is scheduled. If you take aspirin, NSAIDS, or certain medications and herbal supplements, you will need to avoid taking them as they increase the risk of profuse bleeding. Additionally, you will need to arrange for transportation home due to the effects of the anesthesia and sedation. Dr. Mes will discuss with parents the best way to talk to your child about surgery.
Typically, ear surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, and it takes about two hours. On the day of your ear surgery, Dr. Mes's team will prep you for the procedure, and then you will receive either local anesthesia with I.V. sedation or general anesthesia, based upon what you and Dr. Mes decided during your consultation. In most cases, Dr. Mes recommends general anesthesia for young children. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, he will begin performing the ear surgery procedure.
The first step involves making a small incision just behind the ear close to the scalp. He will remove and sculpt the cartilage within the ear and then remove any excess tissue and/or skin. Dr. Mes then uses permanent sutures to pin the ears, so they are closer to the skull. Finally, he sutures the incision and places dressings and bandages on the surgical site. The patient is then transferred to the recovery area for observation while the effects of the sedation dissipate.
After the majority of the anesthesia wears off and Dr. Mes confirms that you or your child is ready, you will be free to go home. He will prescribe pain medications and antibiotics to reduce any discomfort and risk of infection. Children will need to be reminded not to play with the bandages and dressings, which may be difficult at times because of the itchiness that occurs sometimes during the healing process. If the itchiness becomes problematic, feel free to contact Dr. Mes and he will recommend a solution. If you or your child tends to sleep on your side, there will likely be some restless nights because you will not be able to put any pressure on your ears.
Most of Dr. Mes's patients require about a week to recover. A member of our staff will schedule an appointment for you or your child to come into the office so Dr. Mes can remove the dressings and bandages.As a good deal of the swelling will have disappeared, you will be able to see the difference in your or your child's ears.
Some of the different facial plastic surgery options offered by Dr. Mes include the following:
- Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
- Brow Lift
- Neck Lift
- Facial Implants
- Fat Injections
- Laceration Repair
- Lip Enhancement
How Much Does Ear Surgery Cost in Lafayette, LA?
Since insurance companies consider ear surgery to be a cosmetic procedure, most health insurance policies do not cover the cost. To make ear surgery affordable and accessible to as many people as possible, Dr. Mes accepts CareCredit® financing to cover the cost of our services. The application process is easy, and you will be informed of your financing options in just a few hours. We also accept cash, checks, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover.
At his practice, which serves residents of Lafayette, Lake Charles, and surrounding communities, Dr. Mes provides a broad range of plastic surgery procedures and services to address the aesthetic concerns of his patients. He combines his expertise and more than 35 years of experience as a practicing board-certified plastic surgeon, with genuine care and compassion for his patients, to help them achieve the improvements in their appearance they desire. To learn more about plastic surgery, or to schedule an appointment, call 337-504-4336 to speak to a friendly and knowledgeable member of Dr. Mes's staff.