Possibly no other physical characteristic requires plastic surgery as much as otoplasty, commonly known as “ear surgery.” Otoplasty is mostly done on children, but it can be performed at any age once the ears have reached full size. This condition may lead to poor adaptation to school in children and low self-esteem in adults. Not only is it possible to “pink back” your ears, but you can also reduce the size, improve the shape, or make it more symmetrical.
If you are wondering how ear surgery can benefit you, this article will address your concerns.
Is Otoplasty for you?
The best approach to determine candidacy for ear surgery is to schedule a free consultation with a facial plastic surgeon at Unique Aesthetic Center. General good health and realistic expectations are a must. It’s also important you understand what the surgery entails.
As a parent, if you are considering otoplasty, be confident that you have your child’s best interests at heart and keep a positive attitude throughout the whole process. Having the procedure at a young age is highly desirable since the cartilage is more liable and easier to reshape. Also, cosmetic improvement can provide your child with many psychological benefits.
During Otoplasty, an incision is made behind the ear to allow the removal of cartilage and skin required to reach the desired outcome. Some cases may involve trimming the cartilage, shaping it into a more suitable form, and pinning it back. At other times, the surgeon will not remove any cartilage but will hold it in place with permanent stitches. The cartilage is then sculpted to the desired shape and sutures are applied to anchor and keep the ear in place till healing takes place.
After surgery, soft dressings remain in the ears for several days and you will experience some mild discomfort. Also, if you are used to sleeping on your side, your sleep patterns should change to stop you from putting too much pressure on the area. Headbands are good to hold the ears in place for about two weeks. The risks are minimal. A thin scar is left behind the ear so scaring may not be visible. If you experience unusual discomfort, you should report it to your surgeon immediately.
Cosmetic Ear Surgery cost
The cost of otoplasty at Unique Aesthetic Center is $1700- $7000 based on the type of procedure/technique used, patients’ anatomy, previous injuries, and individual goals. We offer financing plans for local and out-of-town patients alike. Also, there are times when your insurance may provide coverage for certain types of congenital disabilities.
Contact us for an otoplasty consultation
At Unique Aesthetic Center, we strive to keep you comfortable, and happy throughout the whole surgical journey. During your initial consultation, you will discuss your goals with an otoplasty surgeon and the results you are expecting. We work closely with you to ensure your goals are met so that you can enjoy the long-term benefits this procedure has to offer. All pre-operative and post-operative visits are conducted in a private setting. For more information, you can call and schedule a free consultation today.
Ear surgery key Faqs
Does the insurance cover ear surgery?
The insurance doesn’t usually cover surgery performed for cosmetic reasons. However, surgery performed to improve congenital disabilities, or any traumatic injuries may be covered. Please check with your insurance so you can better determine the degree of coverage prior to your initial consultation with us.
What type of anesthesia do you use?
Surgeons recommend that young patients receive general anesthesia. Older children and adults can combine local anesthesia and mild sedation. That is something the anesthesiologist will decide based on your medical background.
How long does ear surgery take?
Otoplasty may take one to two hours to be completed. When local anesthetics are used, patients may go home on the same day.
Is otoplasty painful?
This procedure causes minimal pain and requires less recovery time when compared with other surgeries. Over-the-counter painkillers should help alleviate any discomfort you may experience during recovery.
When can I return to work after otoplasty?
Most patients go back to work two weeks after surgery or sooner. However, if you have a strenuous job that’s physically demanding, you may have to wait longer until you are physically ready for work. Children may go back to school in just a few days.
What kind of scars should be expected?
Scarring should be minimal and it’s usually well hidden behind the ear. Our surgeons do everything possible, and use techniques to minimize your scars.
What are some risks associated with otoplasty?
Scarring – Scars are permanent, yet they can be hidden behind the ears.
Asymmetry – Some changes during healing may cause unevenness.
May affect skin sensation – Changes are rarely permanent though.
Problems with stitches – Sometimes the stitches work their way to the surface of the skin requiring their removal.
Overcorrection or unnatural contours – This is less common in surgeons with experience performing this procedure.
When will I notice a change?
Once your bandages are removed, you will notice a change in the appearance of your ears right away, which will be permanent. While this is rare, patients dissatisfied with the results may discuss with their surgeon the possibility of revision surgery.