About Ear Surgery
Throughout their 40 years of combined surgical experience, board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Elliott and Dr. Summer Black have become well-versed in surgeries (both major and minor) of the ears. Plastic surgery of the ears (ear pinning) is known in the medical community as otoplasty, which improves the shape and size of the ears in relation to the patient's head. At Dr. Black Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, we perform otoplasty on children as young as 5, but our services for the ears are not limited to ear pinning for children (mainly to stop teasing and/or bullying from other children). Adults, who have misshapen ears, or damaged ears from trauma, also seek the help of a trusted plastic surgeon at our office in Metairie, LA as well. Our board-certified plastic surgeons can redefine the shape and size of the overall ear appearance with their artistic skill and talent in surgical techniques.
We also offer treatments to help patients with torn earlobes, skin damage on the earlobe, and gauged earlobe repair. If you have a question about the condition of your ears, or would like to set up a consultation for your child with large, protruding ears, please call and set up a consultation at our office.
"I've been a patient of Dr Summer Blacks for about 4 years and I would never go anywhere else. I am ALWAYS ecstatic with her work and have had Botox and Restylane filler in my cheeks and lips. Dr Black is not only a total perfectionist but she becomes a friend you feel comfortable confiding in and sharing your life with. I would recommend Dr Black to my own mother....and in fact I did! Now we are both her patients who regularly visit her for all our anti-aging facial perfecting cosmetic work."- A.R. / Google / Feb 06, 2017
"I won’t go to anyone else - Dr. Black is simply the best! I go to her for Botox and filler. She actually listens to me so that together we come up with a course of action that delivers beautiful results. She never leaves you with an unnatural over-blown look."- M. / RealSelf / Feb 09, 2018
"Dr. Elliott Black has years of experience and it shows in his results! - Dr. Elliott Black did my breast implants years ago. They are so natural that even my Ob-gyn couldn’t tell they were implants. I’ve also gone to Dr. Elliott Black for laser treatments and to have my eyelids done. I couldn’t be happier with the results!"- M. / RealSelf / Feb 09, 2018
"Love Dr Summer Black. I had an excellent experience. Very happy with my results. Would recommend Dr Black to all my family and friends!!!"- L.S. / Google / Jan 22, 2018
"Tummy Tuck - Fluer De Lis Cut - After Massive Weight Loss - I absolutely love Dr. Black! She treats you like a friend more than a patient. She is clearly very skilled. Her work is beautiful. She does not try to get you to do any more surgery than what you absolutely need. I have two other friends that have had their tummy tucks after massive weight loss with Dr. Black and they love her, as well. I highly recommend Dr. Summer Black! She performed my fleur de lis tummy tuck in 2013 and my brachioplasty in 2017. She is an amazing surgeon that does beautiful work. I am thrilled with the placement of my incisions on my arms. What I really love about Dr. Black is that she treats you like a friend and not just a patient. She gave me her cell phone number, in case I had any issues. She personally called to check on me when I was home. She made the experiences as pleasant and painless as possible. I can't say enough about her as a surgeon and a person!"- T. / RealSelf / Dec 01, 2017
Do I Qualify?
Our ear surgery patients should be at least 5-years-of-age, and have one of the following concerns:
- Ears that protrude or stick out from the head
- Ears that are misshapen from a trauma or congenital defect
- Ears that are disproportionately large compared to the head
- Earlobes that are torn from wearing heavy earrings, traumatic injury, or gauged earlobes (body art modifications)
What to Expect
Otoplasty reshapes the ears by making small incisions behind the ear to expose the cartilage. The cartilage is then removed and reshaped until the ear reaches the desired size and shape. Any excess skin is removed from the ear and in some cases, the ears will be repositioned closer to the head. The technique to treat protrusion (ears that stick out from the head) is commonly referred to as the "pinning back" of the ears. The overall goal of otoplasty is to give patients natural-looking ears and to restore their self-confidence.
Patients can expect swelling and bruising after undergoing otoplasty. However, this will subside after the first couple of weeks of recovery. An elastic headband is usually worn for the first several weeks after surgery to keep the ears in their new position and patients are advised to avoid strenuous work for approximately 1 – 2 months after their surgery. Children who have otoplasty will need to be closely monitored throughout the healing process, so they do not compromise the healing of their ears or cause agitation by rubbing or scratching.
Plan Your Procedure
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Improve Your Ears
Otoplasty can help patients, especially children, enjoy the way they look and restore their confidence and happiness. Having misshapen or excessively large ears can cause unwanted attention and teasing that can affect self esteem. We encourage anyone who is looking into otoplasty for themselves or their children to schedule a consultation. It is our goal to help you feel good about your appearance. If you have other questions about your ears, or need a repair of a torn earlobe, please call and schedule your consultation at your earliest convenience at Dr. Black Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery.