Absolutely! Prominent ears can be a troubling problem for patients young and old, both male and female. Large ears can cause men to grow their hair longer or tuck them in hats. It can cause women to avoid wearing their hair up or avoid wearing it short. It is also a frequent cause of teasing in school. The good news is that it is a fixable problem! Dr. Obaid and Dr. Ver Halen are plastic surgeons who specialize in a procedure called otoplasty, which is the correction of large or prominent ears. Both surgeons perform otoplasty regularly in both of North Texas Plastic Surgery’s locations in Southlake and Plano.
There are three reasons why ears can appear to stick out too far from the head. The first is an increased concho-scaphal angle. This is the angle that the ear makes with the side of the head. Put simply, if this angle is very small, the ears will appear to be very close to the side of the head. If this angle is very large, the ears will seem to stick out far from the side of the head.
The second reason for protruding ears is a large conchal bowl. This is the anatomic name for the round or bowl-like portion of the ear that leads to the opening on the side of your head. In layman’s terms, if this bowl is too big, the ears appear large, and they stick out too far to the side.
The third reason for ears that appear to stick out too far to the side is a weak anti-helical fold. This is the plastic surgery term for the natural fold that appears near the outer edge of the ear. If this anti-helical fold is weak, the ear will stick out much further than normal.
Dr. Obaid and Dr. Ver Halen see patients from all over the Dallas/Fort Worth area who have large ears. They specialize in an operation called otoplasty which is designed to correct the problem. In their Southlake and Plano locations, Drs. Obaid and Ver Halen correct all three of the reasons for ears to be prominent, including reducing the concho-scaphal angle, decreasing the size of the conchal bowl, and strengthening the anti-helical fold. Dr. Obaid and Dr. Ver Halen perform the otoplasty procedure through an incision on the back of the ear, where it meets the side of the head. This makes the incision almost invisible, even when people look for it. It is important to emphasize that no incisions are made on the outside or on the front of the ear.
Otoplasty is a procedure with minimal pain. You can go home the same day, and you will feel comfortable enough to resume daily activities and work within three to five days.
Dr. Obaid and Dr. Ver Halen perform otoplasty on children in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as young as five years of age. Ear correction can be done this young because by age 5, the ear is 90% finished growing!
Dr. Sacha Obaid and Dr. Jon Ver Halen are Harvard-trained plastic surgeons who also sub-specialize in a field called craniofacial surgery. This is a very specific field of plastic surgery that deals with facial differences. As a result, these surgeons have much more experience and training in the correction of prominent ears than the average plastic surgeon.
To set up a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Obaid or Dr. Ver Halen to discuss otoplasty in either of our Southlake or Plano locations, please call 877-537-7220.