Large, protruding ears can be a source of ridicule and low self-esteem for children. Daniel Man, M.D., a Florida board-certified plastic surgeon, corrects protruding ears through a procedure called otoplasty on people living in and around Boca Raton, FL, and the surrounding communities.
What is Otoplasty?
For school-age children, large, protruding ears can be an embarrassment and the source of much teasing and ridicule from classmates. Otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that “pins” the ears back into a normal position. Most patients undergo this procedure during early childhood, though ear surgery on adults is also possible with no additional risks associated on an older patient.
Benefits of Otoplasty
In addition to correcting large, protruding ears, otoplasty offers the following benefits:
- Treats several cosmetic ear issues
- Provides a new sense of self-confidence
- Little to no downtime or recovery
- Provides a more symmetrical facial appearance
Is Otoplasty Right for Me?
If you have misshaped or large protruding ears that make you self-conscious about your appearance, you may be a good candidate for otoplasty. Additionally, otoplasty treats other deformities, such as cauliflower ear, cupped or folded ears, and even small ears.
How Involved is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure performed under local sedation and involves removing skin and cartilage from the back of the ear. The incisions are well hidden behind the ears and result in minimal scarring. Ear surgery procedures typically take about two to three hours. It is common for both ears to have the procedure, even if only one ear is misshapen, as this allows the ears to look virtually identical.
Preparing for Otoplasty
As with any cosmetic procedure, patients are given thorough preoperative instructions and are typically asked to obtain medical clearance from their personal family physician or internist.
Patients are also asked to:
- Stop smoking six weeks before your surgery
- Stop taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs: Advil, Motrin, Aleve) and vitamins/homeopathic regimens
- Start hydrating several days before the surgery
- Arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and stay with you for the first 24-48 hours
Once complete, patients are taken to the recovery area to rest until the anesthesia has worn off. The ears and head are wrapped with a compression bandage to hold the ears in place during the initial healing process and to prevent any injuries to the area. After about three days, the compression bandages are typically removed in favor of lighter weight bandages wrapped around the head and ears.
How is the Recovery from Otoplasty?
The recovery process takes about a month, although children and adults may return to school or work, respectively, after one week. They must abstain from strenuous or vigorous activities and heavy lifting for a few weeks.
How Much Does Otoplasty Cost?
Ear surgery varies in terms of cost depending on the extent of the procedure and whether it is combined with other procedures. During a consultation, Dr. Man goes over the costs of the procedure, in addition to the financing and payment options.
What Do I Do Next?
We recommend you schedule a consultation with Dr. Man so that he can evaluate your ears to determine the best options for your otoplasty procedure. Dr. Man also reviews your full medical history and the following:
- Any past or present medical conditions
- Medical treatments you have received in the past
- Past surgeries or hospitalizations
- Allergies or sensitivities
- Current medications
- Any plans for weight loss
Otoplasty corrects many ear deformities with which children are often born. For people living in and around Boca Raton, FL, Daniel Man, M.D., a Florida board-certified plastic surgeon, performs ear surgery on children and adults to help them have a more normal appearance and increased self-esteem. Please contact us to set up your consultation today.