Garza Galante Plastic Surgery
322 U.S. 41 #103
Schererville, IN 46375
Phone: (219) 322-3131
Mo–Fr: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Overly large or protruding ears can cause embarrassment, especially for children. Fortunately, a relatively simple procedure called otoplasty (ear reshaping surgery), performed at our Northwest Indiana practice by either Dr. Rebecca Garza or Dr. Gus Galante, can reduce the size of the ears or set them closer to the head. Dr. Garza and Dr. Galante perform the majority of their otoplasty procedures on patients between the ages of 6 and 14. However, many older patients have the procedure without additional risk or discomfort.
Improve your appearance with ear surgery performed by one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. Request a consultation using the online form to meet with either Dr. Garza or Dr. Galante or call our office at (800) 721-3244.
Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)
Before & After Photos
Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
Welcome to Our Practice
Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Rebecca Garza and Dr. Gus Galante have established a plastic surgery practice dedicated to providing personalized care that gives you the confidence to make educated decisions about your surgery. Together with a hand-selected team of professionals who share our passion for patient care, we offer a range of surgical procedures designed to help you look and feel your best.
Both Dr. Garza and Dr. Galante are fellowship-trained plastic surgeons at the forefront of the aesthetic surgery field. They are each active in professional associations and have given back to the community by donating their time and services to local charity organizations.
Talking It Over
During the consultation, either Dr. Garza or Dr. Galante will examine the ears, discuss the details of the procedure and encourage you to ask questions. If you are seeking ear surgery for your child, Dr. Garza or Dr. Galante will ensure that he or she is interested in having the procedure. Young children who are compelled by a parent to have otoplasty tend to have a more difficult recovery.
Dr. Galante and Dr. Garza perform ear surgery on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. This means you or your child will sleep through the procedure and will return home the same day. The surgery can take 1 to 3 hours.
Otoplasty requires a small incision along the back of the ear. If needed, Dr. Galante or Dr. Garza may remove a small amount of cartilage and reshape the ear with permanent sutures. They will sometimes employ a technique that does not require the removal of cartilage. However, this alternate technique may require the surgeon to remove some skin and stitch the cartilage to create a natural fold to the ear. In either case, surgery will result in a slight permanent scar on the back of each ear.
Before & After Photos
See the natural results our surgeons achieve with real plastic surgery patients.
Individual results may vary.
A Reputation Built on Results
After Your Ear Surgery Procedure
The ears will be bandaged thoroughly, and you will receive specific bathing instructions. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to alleviate any discomfort, paying special attention to young patients’ age and weight to achieve the correct dosage.
Bandages will be removed within a few days, and the stitches will be removed about a week after surgery. Most adults return to work within 5 days, and children usually return to school after a week. The hardest part of recovery for children is avoiding ball sports or other activities for at least a month that might bend, hit, or pull the ears. Children who are eager to have the procedure are more likely to understand this restriction than those who are not.
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