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
"Dr. Black hands down was the best. She was very attentive to all my questions. The office staff was great as well. I am so Thankful I found her! Thank You Dr. Black I couldn't be happier with the end results."- T.L. / Google / Dec 16, 2019
"Dr Black is very patient, explains and makes you feel like family."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Dec 10, 2019
"Finally - I’ve been unhappy with my body for so many years, but when I entered my fifties things really took a turn for the worse. I’m a wife, mom of 2, grand mom of 3, am 52, 5’1”, 120 pounds and I’m very physically active. I hit the gym 3-5 times per week - mostly cardio - and of course none of that work could fix my low lying breasts or the loose, stretch marked skin on my flabby looking stomach. As we ladies do, there have been conversations between friends about wish lists. You know, if I could have anything done what would it be? Dr. Eileen Summer Black’s name came up quite a few times, as some of my friends had already had their wish lists fulfilled, and Dr. Black seemed to be well loved by all. I decided to go for it. I spoke to my wonderful husband, who by the way, thinks the whole idea of cosmetic surgery is crazy, and he was supportive even if he didn’t get it. My mom agreed to help me out at home while I recovered too. I met with Dr. Black and we made plans to do a breast lift without implants, a tummy tuck with muscle repair, and Lipo. My surgery was scheduled for 12/3. It’s now 12/6 and I’m 3 days out. I showered for the first time yesterday and as it was the first time I’ve taken off my post surgery bra, I finally saw my boobs. Wow, talk about perky! They are sitting high and are still swollen so I’m sure there will he changes in the coming months. I still have surgical tape on my TT incision and the drain is there as well. From what I can see my tummy is very swollen so I’m not making any judgements yet. Dr. Black has been wonderful. She’s checked in with me even though she’s on a family vacation. Seriously - her office is amazing. Everyone there is kind and compassionate. I do want to mention the pain. There has been absolutely no pain from my breast lift. And I’m serious - NONE. Now my stomach is another animal altogether. Yeow!! The pain is real. Luckily Dr. Black uses exparel to numb you up post surgery. It lasted about 48 hours then the fun began. I feel like a big baby. I knew there would be pain, but had no idea what it would feel like. It’s bad. I stopped taking prescription pain meds after the first day and am taking extra strength Tylenol now. As I still haven’t had a BM I just don’t want to make that any worse. I’ll be taking Miralax this morning and I’ll move around a little more today. I’ll post again soon. Also, thanks to all you wonderful ladies who’ve posted your experiences!"- T. / RealSelf / Dec 06, 2019
"BEST by far.... everything was perfect, scarring was MINIMAL!! I would HIGHLY recommend them!"- D.P. / Google / Nov 23, 2019
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.