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Ear Surgery in McAllen, TX

Dr. Carlos Ayala is double board certified in otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery and offers ear surgery, known as otoplasty, for men and women in all of Texas including McAllen, Mission, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande Valley and South Padre Island.

What is Ear Surgery?

Next to the nose, your ears are the most visible features of the face. The size, shape, and position all contribute to facial harmony. Any abnormalities in these areas, and people miss seeing your eyes and smile. Dr. Ayala works with men and women who are unhappy with their ears and wish to make improvements that enhance their look.

What Are the Benefits of Otoplasty?

Otoplasty helps with several common issues, such as:

  • Standing out from the head too far
  • Being too small or too large for the other features
  • Irregular shape, including asymmetry

Who is a Good Candidate for Ear Surgery?

Cosmetic otoplasty does not improve or change your hearing. Rather, the procedure focuses on the aesthetics of your ears.

How is the Vectra H1 Imaging System Used for Facial Plastic Surgery?

Imagining how you will look with even small changes to your ears is challenging, so Dr. Ayala uses the Vectra H1 imaging system to create a three-dimensional image of you before and after your ear surgery. The system allows him to make subtle changes to ear shape, size and position so you can see the results of your otoplasty.

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What is the Procedure for Otoplasty?

Otoplasty is a relatively easy procedure that requires only local anesthesia. Depending on the goal of the procedure, Dr. Ayala may:

  • Remove cartilage and soft tissue
  • Use cartilage grafts to build up areas
  • Surgically “pin” the ears closer to the head using sutures


"I took my 4 yo with ear infection. The doctor saw him, he did an excellent job at explaining the plan of action, and his bedside manners are excellent as well." - Ae Vee

What is Recovery Like After Otoplasty?

The recovery process after otoplasty is crucial to the outcome of your surgery. Your ears are wrapped for a few days to hold the tissues in place. You should avoid any activities that place pressure on the ears, such as sleeping on your side, as well as situations that may result in direct impacts to the ears. Other potential complications that could arise post-surgery include:

  • Bruising or facial swelling
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Asymmetry
  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak
  • Reoperation

How Much Does Ear Surgery Cost?

Costs associated with otoplasty vary, so we discuss pricing after your consultation. Prior to the appointment, we invite you to learn about our financing options through Prosper® and CareCredit®.

Ayala ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery offers ear surgery (otoplasty) for men and women in all of Texas including McAllen, Mission, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande Valley and South Padre Island. To learn more about our cosmetic surgery services, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ayala.