WHAT IS AN OTOPLASTY?
Otoplasty is a very safe and simple surgical procedure. During otoplasty the ears can be reshaped, resized, and repositioned as needed. Using a precise and well-planned approach to modify the proportions of the ears in a way that appears completely natural.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE?
Otoplasty is a procedure for anyone who is dissatisfied with the appearance of their ears. Whether you find them too large for your face, abnormally shaped, or the position is not where you want it to be. This is one of the few procedures that can be performed on children over 4 years of age, the positive effect on their self-esteem and confidence makes this a very rewarding procedure.
The approach will depend on each individual’s needs. To correct misshapen ears, an incision is made behind the ear where scarring will be hidden. The cartilage is then sculpted into the desired shape. To correct protruding or misshapen ears, skin is removed and cartilage is used as needed, the reminder of the skin is repositioned using permanent sutures. Procedure can take up to 2 hours and is done under general anesthesia.
Recovering from otoplasty can take 1 to 2 weeks for both child and adult patients. For the first 2-3 days the use of a special headband will be needed. Patients will need to take time off from school, work and other normal activities. Normal side effects include soreness, swelling and bruising, which should subside over time.
Although there is an immediate change, most patients see the final position and shape of ears after 3 to 4 weeks of recovery. Results are permanent.
The cost of an otoplasty can vary depending on the needs of each patient but is typically $ 4,500