What is Ear Surgery?
Overly large or protruding ears can be a source of embarrassment in your child’s life. This feeling of self-consciousness can carry over into adult life. By surgically reshaping ears in a procedure known as otoplasty, this condition can be greatly improved. Normally, ears are developed by age 4 to 6, so doing this surgery prior to children starting school may eliminate teasing from classmates.
Benefits of Ear Surgery
- Boosts self-esteem
- Helps contour the face
- More symmetrical proportions for the ear-to-face ratio
How is Ear Surgery Performed?
One of the most common ear surgery techniques involves making a small incision in the back of the ear and sculpting the exposed cartilage before repositioning it closer to the head. Another technique is used to remove the skin and fold back the cartilage, rather than removing it. Depending on the severity of the case, total ear reconstruction may need to be utilized. In this case, your surgeon will develop a framework from the ribs, as well as skin grafting. Your surgeons will discuss all of these options with you prior to surgery.
Preparing for Your Ear Surgery ProcedureTo prepare, go over all your concerns for post-surgery recovery with your doctor. Discuss any prescription or over-the-counter medications you may be taking as they may have to be altered prior to surgery. You’ll be asked to stop smoking two weeks prior to the procedure if you smoke so that you can heal better and avoid any complications and risk factors.
Ear Surgery RecoveryFollowing ear surgery, patients may experience some swelling, numbness, discomfort, or headaches, which will dissipate in a few days. You’ll receive a bandage to wrap around your head, and you should refrain from any strenuous activity for several days. Most importantly, you should refrain from bending your ears for at least a month post-surgery.
Ear Surgery Before and After
Ear surgery patients are typically very pleased with the results because they are no longer embarrassed by their large or protruding ears. Their face is much more balanced, and they have an increase in self-confidence and self-esteem. Ear surgery before and after pictures are a great tool to look at if you’re interested in undergoing this procedure.
How Much Does an Ear Surgery Procedure Cost?
Otoplasty procedures vary from patient to patient, so you should consult with your doctor about typical ear surgery costs and financing. The extent of the procedure depends on the patient, so prices tend to fluctuate. Call our offices today to set up your one-on-one consultation with one of our surgeons and start your life-changing cosmetic journey today.
Is an Ear Surgery Right for Me?
If you (or your child) are experiencing embarrassment or low self-esteem due to large, protruding, or abnormally shaped ears, you may be a good candidate for ear surgery. In fact, children are typically the best candidates, as their ears are extremely pliable and easier to shape. Ears are typically done developing between the ages of 4 to 6, so the earlier you can have this surgery, the better.
Why Choose Arrowhead Plastic Surgeons?
Our physicians understand that all patients are unique, and no single procedure fits all patients. With the combination of aesthetic and surgical skills, we have the ability to meet the unique needs of our patients.
What to What to Expect During Your Consultation
During the consultation, we will go over your goals and the procedure, as well as pricing, financing, and other options available to you. We will discuss your medical and surgical history. At the end of the consultation, you should not have any questions concerning the procedure. A number of people are discovering the benefits of an ear surgery procedure to boost their confidence and self-esteem. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!