What conditions can be addressed with ear surgery?
Dr. Leeman is able to effectively pin back or reshape the outer ear. Advanced techniques are also available to treat more severe ear problems. In rare cases when a baby is born with no outer ear at all, a natural looking ear can be constructed. Dr. Leeman can also employ reconstructive procedures to repair ears damaged by traumatic injury or complications resulting from ear-piercing.
Will ear surgery affect my hearing?
No, a change in shape of the ear will not affect hearing. Although the ears fold and convolutions do serve to concentrate and localize sound waves, routine ear surgery to pin back or reshape the ears will not produce a noticeable change in hearing.
How old must a patient be to undergo otoplasty?
Surgery to pin back protruding ears may be done as early as age five or six. By this time, the ear has achieved much of its adult size and is almost completely formed. The cartilage, however, is still soft and easily molded, making it possible to achieve excellent results and fast healing for children.
Is Dr. Leeman board-certified?
Yes, Dr. Leeman is actually double board-certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.
What are the risks involved with ear surgery?
As with any procedure, complications and risks include bruising and swelling, infection, adverse reactions to anesthesia, and problems with the healing of the skin. Smokers have a higher risk of complications during the skin healing process. If you wish to learn more, contact our office today and schedule a consultation to receive some of the best results in ear surgery Austin has to offer.