"I want to thank you for the excellent care our son received in Dallas. You are an outstanding surgeon, and I am very grateful for your excellence in medical care. I thank you for taking care of my son. Your entire staff exhibits compassion and concern."*
– Otoplasty Patient
*Individual results vary
Ear Surgery Dallas
Dr. Steve Byrd is a highly proficient otoplasty specialist serving the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. More commonly referred to as “ear surgery” or “ear pinning,” cosmetic otoplasty is routinely performed for both adults and children to correct projecting ears and other abnormalities.
For children, Dr. Byrd usually defers otoplasty until at least age 3, usually between the ages of 5 and 7.
For infants, he offers his proprietary EarWell Infant Ear Correction System for baby ear correction in Dallas.
Dr. Byrd believes there’s no need for you or your child to go through life feeling self-conscious about prominent or irregular ears. Otoplasty is a simple procedure that can do a lot for your self-image. Request your coupon for $100 off your consultation, and call us at (214) 821-9662 to arrange an appointment in our downtown Dallas plastic surgery office on North Central Expressway.
Why Choose Dr Byrd
- Dr. Byrd’s renown in ear surgery began years ago when he co-authored an award-winning (The Barrett Brown Award) medical publication on ear reconstruction with Dr. Burt Brent. He has amassed tremendous experience in treating the spectrum of congenital and post-traumatic ear deformities. Most recently he co-invented the EarWell™ Infant Ear Correction System, which allows infants with ear birth deformities to be treated in a painless, non-surgical manner. Among local pediatricians, he is known as the “ear doctor.”
See real results of actual patients treated by Dr. Byrd.
Answers to Common Questions
What is the ideal age for ear pinning (otoplasty)?
Anyone over the age of 5-7 years can have their ears “pinned” –what is surgically described as an otoplasty. Adults can have the procedure done, as well. Interestingly, there is a non-surgical method of otoplasty (molding/shaping ears) that can be used in infants 7-10 days of age. If you are interested please see EarWell website:
Is otoplasty painful
No. In fact I tell my patients that if they are experiencing anything more than minor discomfort that first few days to call me. Pain generally signifies there could be hematoma (bleeding) and should be checked by the surgeon. There is soreness, however, and certainly this can be the case if the ears are bumped even out several weeks post surgery.
Describe the recuperation following otoplasty?
The procedure takes approximately 1.5-3 hrs depending on the physical characteristics of the deformity. Approximately 1.5 hrs is spent in recovery. There is a full head dressing in place to keep ears safe from motion/to provide moisture and packing to retain the shape and keep swelling minimized. Activity should be kept to a minimum until the patient is seen for dressing removal ~ 5-7 days post op. The sutures used are self-dissolving. After the dressing removal and check up a smaller, protective headband with cotton is recommended for night time (to keep ears from contact with pillows that would “flip” them forward) or in any situation (like with small children) where they could accidentally be bumped. It is not unusual for the ears to be bruised in appearance/swollen. This, if it occurs, will dissipate over the next 2 weeks. General exercise / aerobic activity can be resumed at 3 weeks post surgery. Contact sports are not allowed for at least 6 weeks following surgery.
Dr. Byrd’s Approach
Dr. Byrd uses a number of well-established techniques for the correction of ear deformities. Methods include combinations of cartilage scoring, cartilage suturing, and cartilage resection. Dr. Byrd places incisions behind the ear to hide scarring.
Are You a Candidate?
The middle portion of the ear normally projects about 1.5 to 1.8 centimeters from the side of head. If your ears protrude beyond that distance, which Dr. Byrd can help you determine, if you feel self-conscious about your ears, or if you constantly attempt to cover your ears with your hair or a hat, you may want to consider ear surgery. Otoplasty can alter the ears to a position within the normal range.
How the Procedure Is Performed
Recovery: What to Expect
EarWell™ Infant Ear Correction System
Many children are born with misshapen ears, most of which correct by themselves without medical treatment. In cases where the ear remains irregular, the child would traditionally either have to live with the abnormality or undergo corrective surgery. But with the EarWell Infant Ear Correction System, developed by Dr. Byrd, physicians can reshape an infant’s ear without surgery. The system has a proven record of excellent results in more than 93% of infants if treated early.
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